Indian rupee turns flat at 82.90 against US dollar in early trade

The local unit was also dragged down by the negative sentiment in the equity markets

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Published: Wed 6 Mar 2024, 9:57 AM

The Indian rupee stayed flat at 82.90 against the US dollar in early trade on Wednesday, resisting downward pressure from a stronger American currency and volatile crude oil prices in the overseas markets.

The local unit was also dragged down by the negative sentiment in the equity markets, however, it found support due to some fresh inflow of foreign funds, forex traders said.

At the interbank foreign exchange, the domestic currency opened at the previous day's closing level of 82.90 and oscillated between 82.89 and 82.91 against the greenback.

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