Rs rises 12 paise to 78.94 against $

Rs rises 12 paise to 78.94 against $

Mumbai: Snapping its five-session losing streak, the rupee rebounded from its lifetime low to close 12 paise higher at 78.94 against the US dollar on Friday amid efforts by the government to curb gold imports and check the current account deficit.

The Centre on Friday said it has hiked the gold import duty to 15 per cent from 10.75 per cent amid an increase in the yellow metal's imports, which is putting pressure on the current account deficit. The duty change came into effect from June 30.

At the interbank forex market, the rupee opened at 78.99 against the greenback and fell to an intra-day low of 79.12.

It finally settled at 78.94, a rise of 12 paise over its previous close of 79.06 — its lifetime low.

"Today the government announced hike in import duty on gold by 5 per cent to curtail volatility of the rupee," said Gaurang Somaiya, Forex & Bullion Analyst, Motilal Oswal Financial Services. According to Somaiya, USD-INR is likely to trade sideways but with a positive bias and quote in the range of 78.70 and 79.20.

On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 111.01 points or 0.21 per cent lower at 52,907.93, while the broader NSE Nifty declined 28.20 points or 0.18 per cent to 15,752.05.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, was up 0.30 per cent at 105.

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