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Rupee ends at 53.4 a dollar after RBI move

The rupee on Friday came precariously close to 54 levels but recouped day’s most of the losses to end at 53.47/48, down six paise against the US currency, after Resreve Bank of India’s (RBI) suspected intervention in forex market.

The domestic unit opened sharply lower at 53.65/66 and further plunged to 53.92 amid sluggish equities and fears of more capital outflows after reports that government is reviewing taxation treaty tax-heaven Mauritius.

However, suspected strong intervention by the Reserve Bank at day’s lower levels forced exporters to cover their short positions.

It helped the rupee rebound to a high of 53.4350 before ending at 53.47/48, a fall of six paise. However, RBI’s intervention in the forex market could not be verified independently.

The RBI’s deputy general manager (treasury) K Eshwar said, ‘Rupee is likely to be in the current range in the near-term as the weakness continues due to structural issues.’

‘Though RBI is intervening time to time in the market, it will be difficult for the central bank to intervene frequently as borrowing through repo rate is still above its comfort level,’ he said.

Meanwhile, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in Manila blamed volatility in global commodity prices for currency depreciation and said deteriorating balance of payment (BoP) situation in several Asian countries also put stress on currencies.
 
‘In several Asian countries, excepting China, the balance of payements (BoP) is under stress which leads to currency depreciation,’ Mukherjee said on Friday in Manila.
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