Rupee weakens further by 15 paise to 62.75 vs USD on demand

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The rupee on Tuesday weakened for the third straight session, moving lower by another 15 paise to close at 62.75 against the dollar on month-end demand from importers as the US currency strengthened overseas.

Fresh capital outflows and some hesitancy in local stocks also weighed on the rupee.

The local currency resumed lower at 62.80 a dollar from Monday’s close of 62.60 at the interbank foreign exchange market. It moved in a range of 62.45 to 62.90 before ending at 62.75, a fall of 15 paise or 0.24 per cent. It has tumbled 98 paise in the past 3 trading sessions.

Month-end dollar requirements from importers, mainly oil refiners, mainly affected the rupee sentiment.

The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex on Tuesday closed up by 19.25 points. Foreign institutional investors sold a net $ 4.15 million of stocks stocks on Monday after recent inflows, according to Sebi data.

“Rupee was seen trading flat with a weaker bias. Locally, weakness in the domestic stock markets was seen putting pressure on the rupee,” said Abhishek Goenka, CEO of India Forex Advisors.

The dollar traded 0.13 per cent higher against its major rivals.

“The trading range for the USD-INR pair is expected to be within 62.20 to 63.20,” said Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO of Alpari Financial Services (India).

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