Rupee rises for 3rd day, closes at 74.49 as stocks advance

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Mumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) The rupee strengthened by 9 paise to close at 74.49 against the US dollar on Tuesday, marking its third straight day of gains on foreign fund inflows and positive domestic equities.

Firm crude oil prices, however, capped the gains in the local currency, forex dealers said.

At the interbank forex market, the local unit opened higher at 74.49 against the greenback and witnessed an intra-day high of 74.41 and a low of 74.50 during the session.

On Monday, the rupee had settled at 74.58 against the US dollar. In the last three trading sessions, the rupee has appreciated by 22 paise.

'The Indian Rupee appreciated for the third straight session against the dollar, tracking the strength in regional currencies and equities ahead of US inflation data,' said Sriram Iyer, Senior Research Analyst at Reliance Securities.

Flows related to the upcoming IPO aided sentiments.

In the international markets, the Dollar Index was flat against a basket of six currencies on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the US inflation data, Iyer said. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.11 per cent to 92.36.

On the domestic macro-economic front, retail inflation remained above the RBI's comfort level for the second consecutive month despite slipping slightly to 6.26 per cent in June while the factory output recorded a growth of 29.3 per cent in May, mainly on account of the base effect.

According to Dilip Parmar, Research Analyst, HDFC Securities, Indian rupee appreciated following risk on sentiments and strong foreign fund inflows.

'The rupee is expected to trade with positive bias in the coming days amid favourable inflows, the weaker dollar index, and lower virus cases,' Parmar said, adding that Spot USDINR is expected to trade in the range of 74.10 to 74.80 in the near term.

Jateen Trivedi, Senior Research Analyst at LKP Securities said the rupee traded strong on the back of strong capital markets, along with soft dollar index prices, helping rupee to touch above 74.50.

'Crude prices can spoil the party for the rupee going ahead if the OPEC+ oil production outcome stays overhang. The range for rupee can be seen between 74.30-74.75 in the session ahead,' he noted.

On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 397.04 points or 0.76 per cent higher at 52,769.73, while the broader NSE Nifty advanced 119.75 points or 0.76 per cent to 15,812.35.

Foreign institutional investors were net sellers in the capital market on Monday as they offloaded shares worth Rs 745.97 crore.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures advanced 0.55 per cent to USD 75.57 per barrel. PTI DRR MR

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