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Rupee gains 13 paise to 71.18 against U.S. dollar on easing crude price

The rupee strengthened by 13 paise to close at 71.18 against the U.S. dollar on Monday on easing crude oil prices, even as the greenback strengthened vis-a-vis other major currencies.

This is the fifth successive session of gain for the domestic currency, during which it has climbed 62 paise.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) on February 11, the rupee opened on a firm note at 71.24. It gained further to hit a high of 71.09 and finally settled for the day at 71.18, up 13 paise over its last close.

On February 8, the rupee had ended 14 paise higher at 71.31 against the U.S. dollar.

Easing crude price was a major factor that boosted the rupee sentiments. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, was trading at $61.94 per barrel, down by 0.26%.

“The Indian rupee appreciated for fifth straight day. INR is the best performing emerging market currency over last one week,” said Sunil Sharma, chief investment officer, Sanctum Wealth Management.

Forex traders attributed the U.S. dollar movement to renewed concerns over ongoing U.S.-China trade talks and global economic recovery.

“The dollar index attracted the safe haven investment on mounting concerns over U.S. China trade talks and global economic recovery. The dollar edged upwards to a new high for 2019, as the slowdown in the Euro zone showed signs of raising more political instability,” said V.K. Sharma, head PCG &  Capital Markets Strategy, HDFC Securities.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.10% to 96.73.

Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net ₹843.73 crore, and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares to the tune of ₹960.04 crore on Friday, provisional data showed.

The 30-share barometer, BSE Sensex, settled at 36,395.03, down 151.45 points, or 0.41%. The 50-scrip NSE Nifty finished 49.80 points, or 0.50%, down at 10,888.80.

The Financial Benchmark India Private Ltd. (FBIL) set the reference rate for the rupee/dollar at 71.1621 and for rupee/euro at 80.5882. The reference rate for rupee/British pound was fixed at 92.0216 and for rupee/100 Japanese yen at 64.71.

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