Re falls for third day down 9 paise
The rupee fell for a third day in a row to close at a fresh 2-1/2-month low of 55.21 against the dollar on Thursday, down by nine paise following sustained dollar demand from importers. However, firm stock markets and a slightly weak dollar abroad amid continued foreign fund inflows capped the fall, a forex dealer said.
At the Interbank Foreign Exchange market, the domestic currency commenced higher at 55.08 a dollar against previous close of 55.12 and immediately touched a high of 55.01 on strong local stocks and weak dollar overseas. Emergence of dollar demand from importers, mainly oil refiners, to meet their month-end requirements weighed on the rupee and it fell back to a low of 55.27 before concluding at 55.21, a fall of nine paise or 0.16 per cent.
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