Rupee at 3-month high, up 64 p Vs $ as CAD drops, stocks soar
The rupee on Wednesday zoomed 64 paise to end at almost a three-month high of 61.11 against the US ...
The rupee on Wednesday zoomed 64 paise to end at almost a three-month high of 61.11 against the US dollar enthused by a narrowing current account deficit (CAD) and domestic stock indices logging new peaks. Continued foreign funds inflow and persistent dollar selling by exporters and some banks also boosted the rupee value, a forex dealer said. FIIs have pumped in a total of around USD 800 million in 13 straight sessions to March 4, according to India Forex Advisors. At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the domestic unit commenced strong at 61.51 from previous close of 61.75 and immediately touched a low of 61.54. It, later bounced back with a vengeance to a high of 61.10 in line with local equities. The rupee ended at 61.11, a sharp rise of 64 paise - the biggest daily gain since November 18, 2013 when it rose 70 paise. Previously, it had settled at 61.04 on December 10, 2013. The Indian benchmark S&P BSE Sensex today flared up by 237 points to end at a new peak while FIIs bought shares worth USD 124.64 million yesterday as per Sebi data. The NSE 50-issue CNX Nifty also closed at an all-time high of 6,401.15 today. Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO, Alpari Financial Services, (India) said: "Rupee strengthened to its highest in nearly three months taking cues from the domestic share market as the Sensex hit a record high, backed by the FII buying. Also, the country's CAD narrowing in the December quarter helped the rupee appreciate." The US will be releasing some of the important economic reports today and tomorrow, and if they come out to be better than expected, then it might push dollar index higher putting pressure on the rupee, according to Abhishek Goenka, Founder & CEO, India Forex Advisors.
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