Rupee declines 7 paise to close at 74.62 against US dollar

The rupee weakened by 7 paise to end at 74.62 (provisional) against the US currency on Wednesday as a stronger dollar and rising crude oil prices weighed on investor sentiment.

Forex traders said the rupee is trading in a narrow range ahead of the release of the minutes of US Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee opened at 74.60 per dollar. It hovered in a range of 74.59 to 74.79 during the day before ending at 74.62 against the greenback.

On Tuesday, the rupee had settled at 74.55 against the US dollar.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, slipped 0.02 percent to 92.52.

“The highlight event is tonight’s FOMC minutes which can set the mood until next Fed policy. The USD-INR spot market is volatile ahead of the minutes on hopes that it may indicate timing of tapering the quantitative easing,” said Rahul Gupta, Head Of Research- Currency, Emkay Global Financial Services.

“If the minutes suggest a delay in tapering due to the risks of economic outlook, we can see some reversal in USD-INR spot. The immediate resistance is around 74.95-75 zone, while immediate support is at 74.50-74.25. Only a consistent trading above 75 will open doors for 75.25,” Gupta said.

On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 193.58 points or 0.37 percent higher at 53,054.76, while the broader NSE Nifty advanced 61.40 points or 0.39 percent to 15,879.65.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, advanced 1.69 percent to $75.79 per barrel. Foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market on Tuesday as they offloaded shares worth Rs 543.30 crore, as per exchange data.