Indian equity gains lift rupee against UAE dirham

The dollar index was trading 0.04% higher at 96.06.

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Published: Wed 23 Feb 2022, 9:55 AM

The Indian rupee recovered 21 paise to 74.63 against the US dollar (20.33 versus the UAE dirham) in early trade on Wednesday tracking positive Indian equities as investors continued to keep a watch on the latest developments around Ukraine.

The rupee opened on a strong note at 74.64 to a dollar at the Indian interbank foreign exchange market and inched higher to 74.63, registering a gain of 21 paise over its previous close. On Tuesday, the rupee depreciated by 29 paise to close at 74.84 against the US currency.

Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.04 per cent higher at 96.06.

The Indian rupee opened stronger against the US dollar on Wednesday as the greenback dipped and crude oil prices also witnessed some correction from Tuesday’s highs and lifted sentiments, said Sriram Iyer, Senior Research Analyst at Reliance Securities.

However, most of the Asian and emerging market currencies were still weaker against the US dollar as a cautious tone could set in and could cap appreciation bias for the currency.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed decrees to recognise Ukraine’s regions of Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics as independent, escalating the tension in the region and increasing fears of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

In retaliation, the US, the EU and Japan announced a host of sanctions on Russia.

The meeting between the US secretary of state and Russian foreign minister that was scheduled for Thursday too has been cancelled.

On the Indian equity market front, the 30-share Sensex was trading 218.36 points or 0.38 per cent higher at 57,519.04, while the broader NSE Nifty advanced 66.00 points or 0.39 per cent to 17,158.20.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.31 per cent to $97.14 per barrel.

(with inputs from PTI)

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