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Rupee sheds 0.66pc against dollar for 2nd week

Rupee slipped 0.66 percent against the US dollar for the second straight week due to surging oil and commodity prices globally amid Russia-Ukraine tension.
The rupee slipped from 174.71 to 175.86 against the American currency in the interbank market last week after going 0.13 percent (23 paisas) down in the preceding week. Overall, the rupee has depreciated by Rs18.43 during the ongoing fiscal year 2021-22, while the local unit has appreciated by 65 paisas during the current year 2022.
On the other hand, the cautious market mood helps the dollar stay resilient globally. The US Dollar Index is posting modest gains a little below 96.00. Although a negative shift in risk sentiment could provide a boost to the dollar, another leg lower in US Treasury-bond yields on risk aversion could limit the currency’s gains. The big levels to watch on that side are 96.47 and 96.94, with a breach of the former level amounting to a fresh two-week-high.
It was a relatively quiet week for the US dollar in the international market, with the bid being pushed by threats of escalating tensions on the Ukrainian border. The prospects of greater conflict in Europe can keep flows coming into the currency. However, if Russia-Ukraine tensions de-escalate, the dollar’s weakness could come back that will ultimately benefit the rupee.
The rupee started last week on the back foot and remained under pressure for the first two days. It depreciated by 76 paisas (-0.43 percent) on Monday and 31 paisas (-0.18 percent) on Tuesday.



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