Rupee up in early trade; reaches 17.46 vs dirham

The rupee strengthened by 10 paise to 64.34 against the US dollar(17.46 against the UAE dirham) in early trade on Tuesday increased selling of the American currency by banks and exporters.

Forex dealers said that apart from sustained selling of the greenback by banks and exporters, a higher opening of the domestic equity market backed up the rupee at the Interbank Foreign Exchange.

However, the US dollar’s strength against other currencies overseas capped the rupee’s gain, they added.

Yesterday, the rupee had closed at a nearly two-week high by rising 17 paise at 64.44 against the US currency on heavy selling of the dollar by exporters.

Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex surged 167.59 points, or 0.57 per cent, to 29,823.43 in early trade.

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