NEW DELHI After a brief pause, the rupee bounced back by four paise to close at 65.27 per dollar on fresh selling of the American currency by banks and exporters on the back of lower greenback overseas.
The rupee resumed higher at 65.26 per dollar as against the last closing level of 65.31 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange Market and firmed up further to 65.11 on selling of the US currency by banks before concluding at 65.27 per dollar, showing a gain of four paise or 0.06%.
The domestic currency hovered in a range of 65.11 and 65.38 per dollar during the day. The rupee had touched a low of 65.38 during the intra-day trade on month-end dollar demand from importers, mainly oil refiners.
The rupee had dropped by 38 paise or 0.59% on Thursday.
The dollar index was traded lower by 0.30% against a basket of six currencies in the late afternoon trade.
In the overseas market, the dollar was trading lower against the yen on Friday, weighed down by the Bank of Japans decision to stand pat on its monetary stimulus.
The Bank of Japan made no changes to its stimulus programme at a meeting on Friday, saying it will maintain its current pace of asset purchases.
Pramit Brahmbhatt, Veracity Group CEO, said, The rupee traded range bound as investors preferred to be cautious in the uncertain market but managed to close on a positive note as dollar index is trading weak against other major currencies which helped rupee to trade firm.
Local equities, on Friday, closed on a weak note which dented the rupee movement and forced it to close at 65.27 for the day, near Thursdays close. The trading range for the Spot dollar-rupee pair is expected to be within 64.80 to 65.80.
Meanwhile, the Indian benchmark Sensex ended lower by 181.31 points or 0.68% on Friday.
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