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Rupee recovers after falling below 55-mark

After falling below 55-level in early trade, the rupee on Monday wiped off early losses to close three paise up at 54.86, snapping a two-session string of losses, on late dollar selling by some exporters and custodian banks.

BT Online Bureau   Mumbai     Last Updated: March 4, 2013  | 18:42 IST

After falling below 55-level in early trade, the rupee on Monday wiped off early losses to close three paise up at 54.86, snapping a two-session string of losses, on late dollar selling by some exporters and custodian banks.

The rupee commenced lower below 55-mark at 55.03 and dropped to a nearly two-month intra-day low of 55.15 on continued dollar demand from importers. It later bounced back to a high of 54.80, before closing marginally up by three paise or 0.05 per cent at 54.86.

In previous straight two trading sessions, it had plunged by 103 paise or 1.91 per cent.

Dealers attributed late recovery in the rupee value to heavy dollar selling by exporters and some banks at 55-level.

The Indian benchmark S&P Sensex, which was down by 158 points in early stage, recovered to closed down by nearly 41 points or 0.21 per cent.

The dollar index was up by 0.13 per cent against a basket of six major currencies.

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