The rupee rose by 3 paise to settle at 72.94 (provisional) against the US dollar on Monday, extending its gains for the fifth straight session despite heavy selling in the domestic equity market.
At the interbank forex market, the rupee opened at 72.95 against the American currency, and hit an intraday high of 72.89 and a low of 72.96 in day trade.
It finally finished at 72.94, higher by 3 paise over its last close. On Friday, the domestic currency had settled at 72.97 against the American currency.
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, advanced 0.10 per cent to 90.32.
In terms of the global cues, the Federal Reserve’s policy decision this week is not expected to be tame. In addition, markets will be watching the Fed’s guidance on rates and any outlook on its bond buying plan, analysts say.
Another key factor to watch out for the rupee is the Union Budget.