Rupee closes higher against US dollar
Mumbai: The Indian rupee strengthened against the US dollar on Monday, tracking gains in Asian currencies.
The home currency closed at 64.32 a dollar, up 0.13% from its Friday’s close of 64.40. The rupee opened at 64.26 a dollar and touched a high and a low of 64.24 and 64.33, respectively.
The benchmark Sensex rose 0.87%, or 294.71 points, to close at 34,300.47 So far this year, it has gained 0.72%.
The 10-year bond yield was trading at 7.499% compared to its previous close of 7.49%. Bond yields and prices move in opposite directions.
So far this year, the rupee has lost 0.69%, while foreign institutional investors have bought $1.48 billion and $ 2.06 billion in equity and debt, respectively.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Index of Industrial Production (IIP) data are due to be released on Monday. A Bloomberg poll of 31 analysts on CPI shows a median estimate of 5.1% in year-on-year in January from 5.21% in December, and 28 analysts polled by Bloomberg have median estimates of 6.1% year-on-year in December for IIP, from 8.4% gain in November.
Asian currencies were trading higher. South Korean won was up 0.698%, Japanese yen 0.156%, Singapore dollar 0.143%, Thai baht 0.041% and Malaysian ringgit 0.025% . However, Philippines peso lost 0.820%, China offshore 0.314%, China renminbi 0.403%, Indonesian rupiah 0.081%, Taiwan dollar 0.031% and Hong Kong dollar 0.017.
The dollar index, which measures the US currency’s strength against major currencies, was trading at 90.214, down 0.25%, from its previous close of 90.44.
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