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Rupee Gains Further To Below 79 Per Dollar On Robust Capital Inflows

The rupee gained further on Tuesday to below 79 per dollar on a reversal in capital inflows in recent days and as the greenback stumbled again.

PTI reported that the rupee gained 12 paise to 78.94 against the US dollar in early trade.

Bloomberg showed the Indian currency was last changing hands at 78.9375 per dollar, compared to Monday’s close of 79.0262.

At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened sharply up at 78.96 and gained further ground to quote at 78.94 in initial deals, registering a rise of 12 paise over the last close 79.06 against the US dollar.

Foreign institutional investors were net buyers in the capital market on Monday, purchasing Indian shares worth ₹ 2,320.61 crore, as per the latest exchange data.

The dollar continued its decline on Tuesday, falling to its lowest in two months against the recovering Japanese yen and losing ground on other peers, as investors continued to position for a less aggressive pace of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes.

The greenback fell as low as 130.595 yen in early trading, its lowest since June 6, and was last down 0.55 per cent, leaving it down 4 per cent in the past four sessions.

The greenback was also weaker generally, with sterling at $1.2256, just off a five-week peak hit overnight, and the euro was also on the front foot at $1.0294.

This sent the dollar index, which measures the greenback against six peers, to 105.03 in early trade, a one-month low.

Forex traders said, softening crude oil prices strengthened domestic forex market sentiment as well.

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Oil prices edged lower on Tuesday, continuing a decline in the previous session, as investors worried about global crude demand following weak manufacturing data in several countries.

“Data releases over the past 24 hours have provided further evidence the global economy is slowing,” National Australia Bank strategist Rodrigo Catril wrote in a note to clients, as reported by Reuters.

“Signs of a slowdown are building” in the United States, while “China’s reopening activity burst is over,” he said.

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