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Rupee rebounds from one-month low, soars by 28 paise

Rupee rebounds from one-month low, soars by 28 paise

MUMBAI, Jan 4 (PTI): The rupee made a roaring comeback after a two-day downfall against the American currency and ended higher by 28 paise at 68.05 following a fresh bout of dollar selling by banks and exporters. 

This is the biggest single day gain in one month.

A weak dollar sentiment across the board alongside unwinding of long positions by speculative traders ahead of key US macro data release largely supported the recovery momentum, a forex dealer said. 

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market, the domestic unit commenced slightly better at 68.29 a dollar from overnight close of 68.33 and maintained its stellar performance throughout the session driven by robust dollar supplies. 

It finally settled at the day’s highest level of 68.05, revealing a smart gain of 28 paise, or 0.41 per cent. 

The local unit had depreciated by a whopping 41 paise in last two sessions -- giving a tepid start to New Year. 

Meanwhile, foreign funds sold shares worth Rs 500.49 crore yesterday, as per the provisional data. 

In worldwide trade, the dollar retreated from a 14-year high against a basket of currencies as investors turned cautious ahead of FOMC latest minutes release and other key macro data. 

The US dollar index was trading lower at 102.95 in late afternoon deals. 

The RBI fixed the reference rate for the dollar at 68.1791 and for the euro at 70.9949. 

In cross-currency trades, the rupee hardened further against the pound sterling to finish at 83.43 from 83.81, but fell back modestly against the euro to settle at 70.99 from 70.97 earlier. 

It also turned weak against the Japanese Yen to end at 57.90 per 100 yens from 57.73 yesterday. 

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