5 things to know about INR's (rupee) gain against USD (US dollar) today:
1) The dollar languished near a three-month low versus a basket of major currencies today, as global markets reopened at the start of 2018. The dollar's index against a basket of six major currencies stood at 92.162. On Friday it had slipped to as low as 92.080, the weakest level since Sept. 22.
2) Traders said that increased selling of the American currency by banks and exporters lifted the rupee against the dollar.
3) For the whole of 2017, the US dollar (USD) index slid more than 9.8 per cent, the greenback's worst annual performance since 2003. The dollar (USD) retreated in 2017, partly because economic growth picked up outside the United States, with other countries' central banks moving towards tighter monetary policy, lessening the perceived divergence between the Federal Reserve and others.
5) In first quarter of 2018, rupee could be mildly positive against US dollar up to 63.00 levels, says forex advisory firm IFA Global. "But on back of global growth and stronger data, US Fed along with other central banks could move towards rate hike and balance sheet trimming. This can be seen capping the rupee's gains above 62.50 levels in remaining quarters or till end of 2018. Overall, view remains positive for Rupee in 2018," the forex advisory firm added. (With Agency Inputs)