Rupee slips 7 paise to close at 74.51 against US dollar

Prime News, National and International, Business, Mumbai, January 20:- The rupee on Thursday (January 20) slipped 7 paise to close at 74.51 (provisional) against the United States dollar, tracking a lacklustre trend in the domestic equity market.

Forex traders said sustained foreign fund outflows and firm crude oil prices weighed on the local unit. Moreover, investors remained cautious ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s meeting due next week.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local currency opened at 74.43 against the greenback and witnessed an intra-day high of 74.29 and a low of 74.53 during the session.

The rupee finally settled at 74.51, down 7 paise over its previous close of 74.44.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.02 percent up at 95.53.

Meanwhile, Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.63 percent to USD 87.88 per barrel.

On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 634.20 points or 1.06 percent lower at 59,464.62, while the broader NSE Nifty declined 181.40 points or 1.01 percent to 17,757.00.

Foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market on Wednesday (January 19), as they offloaded shares worth Rs 2,704.77 crore, as per stock exchange data. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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