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Rupee settles 16 paise higher at 74.46 against US dollar

Tue Nov 17 2020


The rupee on Tuesday appreciated by 16 paise to settle at 74.46 (provisional) against the US dollar on the back of improved demand for riskier assets after positive news on the coronavirus vaccine. Besides, a weak dollar overseas also supported the local unit.


At the interbank forex market, the domestic unit opened strong at 74.43 against the US dollar and later touched a high of 74.38 in day trade.


The local unit finally closed at 74.46 against the US dollar, registering a gain of 16 paise over its previous close. On Friday, the rupee had settled at 74.62 against the US dollar.


The forex market was closed on Monday on account of Balipratipada.


US-based biotechnology giant Moderna announced on Monday that its Covid-19 vaccine has shown 94.5 per cent effectiveness in preventing the deadly disease, bringing a glimmer of hope to a world ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.


Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna’s announcement comes just a week after Pfizer and BioNtech said their Covid-19 vaccine candidate was found to be more than 90 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19 in participants.


Meanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, dropped 0.24 per cent to 92.41.



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