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Indian Rupee Steady Amid Importers’ Dollar Bids

17 October 2018 / Morning Brief

Indian Rupee

  • The Indian rupee little changed at 73.41 pair now at 73.4650 against 73.46 previous close.
  • Pair to tip in 73.20- 73.60 range today.
  • The Indian rupee traded little changed against the dollar in choppy trade, as greenback purchases by crude oil and other importers offset gains triggered by upbeat global risk appetite. Two private lenders along with a U.S.-based bank bought dollars in opening trade. Dollar purchases by an oil and gas company in small quantum along with other importers also erased the rupee’s gains.

Global Currency

  • The dollar was little changed against most of its major peers on Wednesday but made gains against the yen as upbeat Wall Street earnings turned global sentiment away from safe haven assets. The dollar gained 0.13 percent against the Japanese yen on Wednesday, which traded at 112.40 to the dollar.
  • The British pound quoted at 1.3187 on Wednesday, after tacking a gain of 0.25 percent versus the dollar on Tuesday. While cable was supported by stronger than expected labour data on Tuesday, investors are still doubtful that the European Union Summit on Wednesday will yield much progress on the Northern Island border issue.

Global Markets

  • Oil prices extended gains into a fourth session on Wednesday, buoyed as industry data showed a surprise decline in U.S. crude inventories and as geopolitical tensions over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist stoked supply worries. Brent crude was up 12 cents, or 0.2 percent, at $81.53 a barrel, after settling up 63 cents the session before.
  • Gold held steady near 2-1/2-month highs on Tuesday as dollar weakness offset improved risk appetite among investors, reflected in recovering global stock markets. U.S. gold futures GCcv1 settled up $0.7, or 0.1 percent, at $1,231 an ounce.

Global Markets at one Glance

Markets Today In INR % Change
USD/INR 73.485 73.495 0.31
EUR/USD 1.15638 84.98 0.12
GBP/USD 1.31753 96.82 0.25
USD/JPY 112.234 0.65 0.17
SEK/INR 8.9858 8.1779 -0.0017
DKK/INR 6.4557 11.38 0.0097
AUD/USD 1.4013 52.43 0.01
TIME USD LIBOR EURO LIBOR  
1M 2.2895 -0.40343  
3M 2.44881 -0.34886  
6M 2.65375 -0.32286  
1Y 2.96681 -0.21271  
Index Today % Change
NIFTY 10632.3 0.45
SENSEX 35395.6 0.66
BANK NIFTY 25708.85 0.47
SGX NIFTY 10707 1.15
NIKKEI 22549.24 1.25
HANG SENG 25462.26 0.07
SHANGHAI 2548.8835 0.1
ASX200 5937 1.14
DOW JONES 25798.42 2.17
S&P500 # 2809.92 2.15
NASDAQ # 7276.426 0
Key Events of the Day
Date Time Currency Event Forecast Previous
17-10-2018 14.00 GBP CPI (YoY) (Sep) 2.6% 2.7%
17-10-2018 14.30 EUR CPI (YoY) (Sep) 2.1% 2.1%
17-10-2018 18.00 USD Building Permits (Sep) 1.278M 1.249M
17-10-2018 20.00 USD Crude Oil Inventories 2.167M 5.987M

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