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Rupee depreciates 15 paise to 5-week low of 62.31 against USD

Mumbai: The rupee fell 15 paise to close at a five-week low of 62.31 against the dollar today amid bearish local stocks and importer demand for the US currency.  Capital outflows from the equity market
India TV News Desk January 06, 2014 18:20 IST
India TV News Desk
Mumbai: The rupee fell 15 paise to close at a five-week low of 62.31 against the dollar today amid bearish local stocks and importer demand for the US currency.  Capital outflows from the equity market aided the rupee's decline, while a weakening dollar overseas helped the rupee to come off the day's low, a forex dealer said.  

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee resumed sharply lower at 62.35 a dollar from the previous close of 62.16. It moved in a range of 62.24 to 62.4650 on alternate bouts of demand and supply.  The rupee closed at 62.31, a fall of 15 paise or 0.24 per cent. This was the lowest level for the rupee since closing at 62.36 on December 3.

“It started the session on a weaker note today, tracking a strong dollar index and weak Asian currencies. Additionally, a falling euro seemed to have added pressure on the rupee. US dollar has strengthened against overseas currencies on upbeat outlook by the US central bank,” said Abhishek Goenka, CEO of India Forex Advisors.

The HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers Index for India's services industry fell to 46.7 in December from 47.2 in November as new orders declined. It was the sixth consecutive monthly decline in output and the longest period of continuous reduction since the 2008/2009 global financial crisis.  The benchmark 30-share S&P BSE Sensex continued its slide for the fourth straight session and closed 64 points lower.  Overseas investors sold a net Rs 318.91 crore of shares today after net sales of Rs 18.06 crore last Friday, as per provisional data.