The rupee settled at 69.15 against 69.34 at the previous close. The
local unit moved in 69.0450-69.3150 per dollar band intra-day.
Indian government bonds ended higher in a choppy fiscal year, as
record open market note purchases and a rate cut in the second half
outweighed losses from foreign fund outflows, fiscal slippage fears
and higher debt supply. The 10-year benchmark yield eased five
basis points in this financial year, after jumping 74 basis points in the
previous year. The yield traded in a wide 102 basis points range in
the year. On monthly and quarterly basis, the yield fell by six basis
points and two basis points, respectively.
The dollar was poised on Friday for its strongest gain in five months
as investors responded positively to a bounce in U.S. Treasury yields
and as some of its rivals were hit by dovish signals from their own
central banks. The dollar held strong even as data overnight showed
the U.S. economy slowed more than initially.
The euro on Friday was headed for its worst month since October,
weighed down by fears about economic growth and cautious signals
from the European Central Bank. Policymakers cut growth forecasts
for the euro zone economy earlier this month and launched a new
round of cheap loans to its banks. The euro EUR= was a tad higher at
$1.1228 but remained down about 1.2 percent for the month.
Gold slipped on Friday and was headed for its worst month since
August 2018 on a stronger dollar and equities, while palladium rose
after three straight sessions of sharp declines, but was on course for
its biggest weekly fall in more than three years.
Oil prices rose on Friday amid OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S.
sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, putting crude markets on track
for their biggest quarterly rise since 2009.
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