Rupee logs 4 straight gains, spurts 27 paise against USD to settle at 70.94
The domestic currency has gained 99 paise against the US dollar, in the last four trading sessions. The dollar index also rose 0.12 per cent to 97.57.
The Indian rupee continued its winning run for fourth session in a row, soaring 27 paise to settle at 70.94 to the US dollar as softening crude oil prices lifted forex market sentiments.
After opening marginally lower, the rupee staged a significant recovery and went on to hit a high of 70.86 against the American unit. It, however, settled at 70.94, showing a gain of 27 paise.
In the last four trading sessions, the domestic currency has gained 99 paise against the US dollar.
On a weekly basis, the rupee gained 86 paise or 1.19 per cent.
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.12 per cent to 97.57.
Meanwhile, the country’s foreign exchange reserves touched a record high of USD 461.157 billion, after it surged by USD 3.689 billion in the week to January 3, according to RBI data.
In a boost for global market sentiment, investors are now turning their focus to other key factors including developments around the US-China trade deal after a week of tense situation in the Middle East. The possibility of a wider military conflict between Iran and the US seems to be fading as both sides have toned down their war rhetoric.
The global crude benchmark Brent was trading lower by 0.03 per cent at USD 65.30 per barrel.
“On back of softening crude prices and moreover FII’s inflows coming strong...risky assets are favoured on back of US-Iran geopolitical tension easing. The levels of 71.30-71.45 shall keep acting as a crucial barrier for USDINR pair whereas 71.00-70.85 as supports in coming sessions,”said Jateen Trivedi, Senior Research Analyst (Commodity & Currency) at LKP Securities.
The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.59 per cent.
Meanwhile, foreign investors bought equities worth Rs 578.28 crore on a net basis on Friday, provisional data showed.
On the equities front, the BSE Sensex ended 147.37 points, or 0.36 per cent, higher at 41,599.72. The NSE Nifty scaled a fresh intra-day record of 12,311.20, before ending 40.90 points, or 0.33 per cent, up at 12,256.80.