The rupee on Tuesday declined by 18 paise to close at 69.69 against the US currency, weighed down by month-end dollar demand from importers and rising crude oil prices. Forex traders said that weakened Asian currencies also added to the pressure on the domestic unit. However, gains in domestic equities supported the rupee and capped its losses to some extent, they added.
At the forex market, the domestic currency opened lower at 69.68 per dollar and fell further to touch the day's low of 69.74. It finally settled at 69.69, down 18 paise over its previous close. The rupee had settled at 69.51 against the dollar on Monday.
"Month end dollar demand from oil importers, weaker Asian currencies and probable foreign funds outflows by MSCI re-balancing dragged the rupee lower in Tuesday's trade," said V K Sharma, Head PCG & Capital Markets Strategy, HDFC Securities.
Going forward, the focus will be on RBI monetary policy outcome scheduled on June 6, on GDP data and manufacturing activity numbers scheduled on Friday this week. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, climbed 0.53 per cent to $70.48 per barrel.
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.16 per cent to 97.77.
Meanwhile, government bonds rose, leading to 0.39 per cent drop in the yield to 7.14 per cent.
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in the capital markets, putting in Rs 1,215.36 crore Monday, as per provisional data.
Continuing their record-setting spree for a third day in a row, domestic equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty Tuesday hit fresh closing highs on sustained foreign fund inflows coupled with positive domestic cues. After swinging over 300 points in a highly volatile session, the 30-share index ended 66.44 points, or 0.17 per cent, higher at 39,749.73 -- its all-time closing high. Likewise, the broader NSE Nifty inched 4 points, or 0.03 per cent, higher to 11,928.75 -- another closing peak for the index.
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