Mumbai | Extending its losing streak for the third straight day, the rupee plunged by 34 paise to hit a two-year low of 66.99 against the US dollar in early trade Friday on strong demand for the American currency from banks and importers amid sustained capital outflows.
Forex dealers said gains in the dollar against major global currencies and a lower opening in the domestic equity markets weighed on the rupee. The rupee had dropped by 6 paise to close at 66.65 in yesterday’s trade on sustained demand for US dollars by banks and importers on the back of higher greenback overseas.
If the rupee extends its downtrend, it is likely to find support around the 67.00 area.
Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex dropped further by 201.35 points, or 0.77 per cent, to 25,685.27 in early trade.
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