Rupee falls 23 paise to 73.79 against US dollar

Rupee falls 23 paise to 73.79 against US dollar

Softening crude prices and persistent foreign fund inflows restricted the rupee's fall, forex dealers said

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The rupee depreciated by 23 paise to settle at 73.79 (provisional) against the US dollar on Monday following a massive selloff in domestic equities and strong American currency overseas.

However, softening crude prices and persistent foreign fund inflows restricted the rupee's fall, forex dealers said.

At the interbank forex market, the domestic unit opened steep lower at 73.74 against the greenback. It swung between a low of 73.81 and a high of 73.63 during the session. It finally settled at 73.79, down 23 paise against its previous close.

On Friday, the rupee had strengthened by 3 paise to close at 73.56 against the US dollar.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, surged 0.94 per cent at 90.80.

On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share BSE benchmark Sensex plunged 1,406.73 points to close at 45,553.96, and the broader NSE Nifty fell 432.15 points to 13,328.40.

Foreign institutional investors were net buyers in the capital market as they purchased shares worth Rs 2,720.95 crore on a net basis on Friday, according to exchange data.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 5.20 per cent to USD 49.54 per barrel.