Rupee slumps by 26 paise to nearly 4-week low against dollar

Mumbai: The rupee declined by 26 paise to close at a nearly four-week low of 73.87 against the US currency on Wednesday due to a stronger dollar in overseas markets ahead of the outcome of the US Fed meeting and worries over China’s Evergrande situation.
Forex traders said investors are awaiting cues on taper timeline and US Fed’s projections on interest rates. The US Fed meeting outcome will be announced later in the day.
At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local currency opened at 73.70 and witnessed an intra-day high of 73.66 and a low of 73.93 against the US dollar in day trade.
The local unit finally settled at 73.87 a dollar, the lowest closing level since August 26. On Tuesday, the rupee had settled at 73.61 against the US dollar.
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading 0.02 per cent higher at 93.22.
“The Indian Rupee depreciated against the dollar on Wednesday, tracking losses in regional currencies. Most Asian currencies were weaker ahead of the Fed decision and worries about the China’s Evergrande situation and weighed on the local unit,” said Sriram Iyer, Senior Research Analyst at Reliance Securities.
Investors are wary of the Fed meeting tonight and some are expecting that the Federal Reserve could provide more hints about scaling back its asset purchases later. —PTI

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