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Rupee closes marginally higher against US dollar, RBI intervention seen

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The Indian rupee closed slightly higher against the US currency on Thursday, after a choppy session in which the likely sold dollars to support the local currency.

The rupee ended at 81.86 per US dollar, a tad higher than the new low of 81.94 in the previous session.

The rupee had opened higher at 81.61, but was not able to sustain the gains on dollar buying by foreign banks and oil companies.

Intraday, the rupee came close to falling below the record low of 81.95, prompting the RBI to sell dollars, according to traders. The intervention by the central bank was confirmed to Reuters by two bankers and one FX brokerage firm.

The rupee was in a narrow trading range of 81.90 to 81.93 to the dollar, for more than two hours in afternoon trades.

“Once again, the rupee managed to avoid falling below 82,” a trader at a private sector bank said.

“However, it clearly looks like it is only a matter of time before rupee slips below that level,” the trader said.

The rebound in the dollar index and a renewed selloff in Treasuries, piled pressure on the rupee. The dollar gauge was up 0.5% at 113.36 and the 10-year Treasury yield was up about 15 basis points.

U.S. equity futures indicated that the overnight rally was unlikely to sustain. India’s equity gauge, the BSE Sensex , fell 0.3% to 56,409.96. The Sensex earlier in the session had climbed to as high as 57,166.14.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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