The rupee declined by 19 paise to 74.09 against the US dollar in opening exchange on Friday, as muffled domestic values and raised crude oil costs weighed on investor sentiments. Forex merchants said the local unit fell after more hawkish remarks by Federal Reserve officials. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened powerless at 74.05 against the US dollar, then, at that point, fell further to 74.09 against the greenback in early deals, enlisting a decrease of 19 paise from the last close.
Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell by 0.11 per cent to 94.68.
On Thursday, the rupee rose 3 paise to close at 73.90 against the US dollar.
“Equities are slightly down on Friday but will get bought on dips. European currencies are generally up against the dollar, but the dollar index should find support near to 94.50 for a rally back to 97.00 as most US FED officials are favouring a rate hike in March itself,” said Anil Kumar Bhansali, Head of Treasury, Finrex Treasury Advisors.
On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share Sensex was trading 189.73 points or 0.31 per cent lower at 61,045.57, while the broader NSE Nifty declined 42.80 points or 0.23 per cent to 18,215.00.
Meanwhile, global oil benchmark Brent crude futures fell by 0.08 per cent to USD 84.40 per barrel.
Foreign institutional investors remained net sellers in the capital market on Thursday, as they offloaded shares worth Rs 1,390.85 crore, as per exchange data.
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