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Rupee up 30 paise vs dollar on RBI steps to ease liquidity

Mumbai (PTI):The rupee today strengthened by 30 paise to 62.14 against the dollar at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market in early trade as RBI plans to take more steps to ease liquidity situation.

The rupee yesterday settled at 62.44 against the dollar, up 31 paise over the previous close.

“The RBI is closely and continuously monitoring liquidity conditions and will take actions as appropriate, including open market operations, to ensure that adequate liquidity is available to support the flow of credit to productive sectors of the economy,” the central bank said in a statement.

Traders said dollar selling by exporters and banks and the RBI plans to take more steps such as bond purchases to ensure adequate supply of money for credit flows, helped domestic currency to strengthen.

Besides, a higher opening in the domestic equity market also supported the rupee but dollar’s strength against other currencies overseas capped gains, they said.

Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex was up 40.93 points to 19,897.17 in early trade.

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