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Rupee closes 39 paise higher at 63.73 against $

The rupee strengthened by 39 paise at more than 2-week high of 63.73 against the American currency on persistent selling of dollars by banks and exporters amid expectations of resumption of foreign capital inflows in view of sustained rise in the equity market.

Besides, <g data-gr-id="16">lower</g> dollar in the overseas market affected the market sentiment. The rupee resumed higher at 63.95 as against yesterday’s closing level of 64.12 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) and firmed up further to 63.70 before concluding at more than 2-week high at 63.73, a gain of 39 paise, or 0.61 <g data-gr-id="17">per cent</g>.

The local currency has gained 53 paise, or 0.82 <g data-gr-id="14">per cent</g>, in two days. The dollar index was trading lower by 0.49 per cent against its major global rivals in the late Asian trade. The dollar extended its losses against the yen and the euro in Asian trade today after a lack of clear commitment by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in September indicated continued caution at the US central bank.

In New York market, the dollar weakened against the yen and euro yesterday after Federal Reserve policy makers indicated in their latest policy statement that the pace of interest-rate hikes might be slower than previously expected. 
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