The rupee depreciated 59 paise to 71.40 against the U.S. dollar in early trade on Monday, December 9, 2018 at the interbank foreign exchange amid the strengthening U.S. dollar against some currencies overseas.
Rupee falls 59 paise against dollar in early trade
Forex traders said besides increased demand of the U.S. currency from importers, the dollar’s strength against some currencies overseas weighed on the rupee.
Traders said a lower opening in domestic equity market, rising crude prices and foreign fund outflows put additional pressure on the local unit. The 30-share BSE Sensex plummeted 551.74 points, or 1.55 per cent, to 35,121.51 in opening session.
Global crude oil prices rose after OPEC members and 10 other oil producing nations agreed Friday to cut output by 1.2 million barrels a day in a bid to boost prices.
Energy Ministers reached the deal, which takes effect from January 1 but has already sent prices surging on oil markets, after two days of talks at OPEC headquarters in Vienna.
Brent crude, the international benchmark, was trading 0.68 per cent up at $62.09 per barrel.
Meanwhile, foreign funds pulled out ₹817.40 crore from the capital markets on a net basis, while domestic institutional investors bought shares worth ₹242.56 crore on Friday, provisional data showed.