Rupee Rises 21 Paise Against US Dollar In Early Trade

Mumbai: The rupee surged by 21 paise to 69.81 against the US dollar in opening trade on Friday following the BJP’s thumping victory in the Lok Sabha polls.

Strong FIIs inflows and higher domestic equity markets also buoyed sentiments for the rupee, forex dealers said.

However, rising crude prices and strengthening dollar restricted the gains of the domestic unit, they added.

The rupee opened on a strong note at 69.75 against the greenback at the interbank forex market. However, it surrendered initial gains to trade at 69.81 in early trade.

The rupee had settled 36 paise down at 70.02 against the US dollar in the previous session.

Meanwhile, the BSE Sensex was trading 170.51 points, or 0.44 per cent, higher at 38,981.90. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty spurted 54.15 points, or 0.46 per cent, to 11,711.20.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, grew by 1.12 per cent to trade at S 68.52 per barrel.

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