Mumbai: The rupee depreciated by 7 paise to close at 71.33 against the US dollar on Friday due to dollar demand from importers amid a correction in crude oil prices following the outbreak of coronavirus in China.
Gains in the US dollar against the world currencies also weighed on the rupee sentiment.
At the Interbank foreign exchange market, the domestic currency opened weak at 71.34 against the previous close of 71.26. The unit recovered to a high of 71.22 later after a rally in domestic stocks, but it erased gains due to dollar demand from importers.
The Indian currency finally settled at 71.33, registering a loss of 7 paise over the previous close.
“USD/INR has been trading in a very border range for 71.00 – 71.50 this entire week. Lower oil prices have offset month-end dollar demand which has kept USDINR in a tight range.
“Going forward, next week FOMC meeting and India’s union budget will keep rupee on an edge. Also, a major development on China coronavirus can be a spoilsport. Overall for next week, USD/INR is expected to trade in a range which crucial supports placed at 71.05 and 71.60 can act as a major resistance,” Rahul Gupta, Head of Research – Currency, Emkay Global Financial Services said.
According to reports, the coronavirus from China has already claimed 18 lives and infected hundreds of other people.
However, the World Health Organisation designated coronavirus infection an emergency for China, but not yet for the rest of the world.
Global crude benchmark Brent declined 0.63 percent to $61.65 per barrel.
“Oil prices declined amid reports that the outlook for energy demand might remain muted following the outbreak of the coronavirus in China,” Paras Bothra, President of Equity Research, Ashika Stock Broking commented.
Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.18 percent to 97.86.
The BSE Sensex settled 226.79 points, or 0.55 percent, higher at 41,613.19 — hitting an intra-day high of 41,697.03 and a low of 41,275.60. Likewise, the broader NSE Nifty closed 67.90 points, or 0.56 percent, up at 12,248.25.
The 10-year Indian government bond yield was at 6.58 percent.
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