The rupee extended losses for the second day, dropping 33 paise to 59.67 against dollar, after Fed's comments strengthened the US currency and RBI drained only a fifth of its target in an auction to curb liquidity.
The losses in rupee in past two sessions has brought the rupee close to its levels seen before RBI had unveiled a skew of measures to tame the rupee volatility.
The rupee on Thursday opened weak at 59.61 a dollar from 59.34 previously at the Interbank Foreign Exchange Market and moved in a range of 59.49 and 59.79 before concluding at 59.67, a fall of 33 paise, or 0.56 per cent.
The dollar index rose 0.16 per cent against its major rivals as US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on reiterated that changes to the central bank's bond-buying program would be data dependant. The $85-billion-a-month buying was instrumental in driving up liquidity in emerging market and an early withdrawal is feared to hit flows.
Persistent dollar demand from importers, mainly oil refiners and some banks, in view of the firm dollar overseas, affected the rupee, a forex dealer said.
"The rupee depreciated against the US dollar due to local as well as global factors. On the local front, the RBI auction results...came as a negative factor for the rupee," said Abhishek Goenka, founder & CEO, India Forex Advisors.
As per RBI website, the central bank accepted bids for Rs 2,532 crore worth of bonds compared with Rs 12,000 crore on offer. The sale was one of the steps taken by RBI to reduce volatility in the exchange rate.
The benchmark Sensex stock index rallied 0.9 per cent to close at a six-week high of 20,128.41.