Rupee falls 15 paise to close at all-time low of ₹82.32 against U.S. dollar

The rupee depreciated 15 paise to close at an all-time low of ₹82.32 (provisional) against the U.S. dollar on Friday as a firm American currency and risk-averse sentiment among investors weighed on the local unit. Moreover, a negative trend in domestic equities and elevated crude oil prices sapped investor appetite, forex traders said. At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local currency opened at ₹82.19, then fell further to ₹82.43 and finally settled for the day at an all-time low of ₹82.32 against the American currency, registering a decline of 15 paise over its previous close. On Thursday, the Indian currency for the first time closed below the 82 level against the greenback. It plunged 55 paise to close at a record low of ₹82.17 against the U.S. currency. Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, declined 0.19% to 112.04. Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures surged 0.82% to $95.19 per barrel after oil cartel OPEC decided to cut production in view of weakening global demand. On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share BSE Sensex dropped 30.81 points or 0.05% to end at 58,191.29, while the broader NSE Nifty fell 17.15 points or 0.1% to 17,314.65. Foreign institutional investors were net buyers in the capital market on Thursday as they purchased shares worth ₹279.01 crore, as per exchange data. S-TH.

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