Rupee loses 22 paise vs dollar in early trade

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Indian rupee-American currency
Mumbai, Dec 28: The Indian rupee fell by 22 paise to Rs 53.24 per US dollar in early trade today on persistent month-end demand for the American currency from importers on the back of a higher dollar in overseas markets.

The rupee resumed lower at Rs 53.10/11 per dollar on the Interbank Foreign Exchange, as against its previous close of Rs 53.02/03 per dollar, and dropped further to Rs 53.24 per dollar before quoting at Rs 53.20/21 per dollar at 1030 hours.

The domestic currency moved in a range between Rs 53.03 and Rs 53.24 per dollar during morning deals. Month-end dollar demand from importers, mainly oil refiners, coupled with a higher dollar in overseas markets, affected the rupee value against the dollar, a forex dealer said.

In Hong Kong, the US dollar edged slightly higher against the euro and a few other major currencies in early trade, but its movement was restricted to a tight range as trading activity was thin toward the end of the year. 

PTI

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