Number of the week: 74

Business Standard
12th March

74: The rupee crossed the 74 mark against the dollar in intra-day trade on March 6.

  • The Indian rupee has come under pressure in recent days and is expected to soon touch the 75 mark against the US dollar.
  • Till March 5 (closing 73.32), the rupee had fallen 2.87 per cent against the greenback over the past month.
  • All this is happening primarily because of the risk-off sentiment that has gripped investors in the wake of the Coronavirus scare.
  • Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have pulled out Rs 3,419 crore from the Indian equity market, and Rs 2,114 crore from the debt market, in March so far.
  • Another factor that has contributed to the rupee's weakness is the RBI's decision to take control of YES Bank, India's fifth-largest private sector bank. This has exacerbated the risk-off sentiment in the Indian currency market.

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