Rupee slips 5 paise against US dollar

Prime News, National and International, Business, Mumbai, December 23:- The Indian rupee opened on a flat note and fell 5 paise to RS 71.17 against the US dollar in early trade on Monday tracking muted opening in domestic equities.

At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at Rs 71.15 then fell to Rs 71.17 against the US dollar, showing a decline of 5 paise over its previous closing. The Indian rupee on Friday had closed at Rs 71.12 against the US dollar.

Meanwhile, brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.32 per cent to USD 65.93 per barrel. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in the capital markets, as they purchased shares worth Rs 338.86 crore on Friday, as per provisional data.

Domestic bourses opened on a cautious note on Monday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 22.14 points down at 41,659.40 and Nifty lower by 10.75 points at 12,261.05.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.04 per cent to 97.65. The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.58 per cent in morning trade.

Meanwhile, on the global front, Beijing will lower import tariffs on over 850 products, including frozen pork, from January next year, the finance ministry said on Monday, which may help ease the pressure on the country’s depleted pork supply. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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