IN the local currency market, trading operation last week were three sessions on account of two-day public holiday being October 11-12, on the occasion of Ashura.
With the countryâ€™s forex reserves at a historic high of $24.5bn, the week remained almost flooded with capital inflows, enabling the rupee to show a stable trend amid low demand for dollar and the premium for dollar indicated an easy trend du to lack of market movement in early session.
The rupee, however, suffered weekend losses against the dollar on rise in demand towards closing sessions. In the international market, however, the dollar hit an 11-week high in European trade during as investors upped their bets on the Federal Reserve, raising the US interest rates before the end of the year, with growing doubts over Donald Trumpâ€™s ability of being elected.
Sterling â€” currently trading at its worst level since 2010 â€” continued to depreciate before recovering weekend losses. The British pound has lost more than 4pc of its value against the dollar.
Meanwhile, on the domestic interbank market, the rupee/dollar parity remained unchanged over the previous weekend levels, trading flatly at Rs104.64 and Rs104.65 in the first trading session.
The rupee remained steady because of insignificant demand by the corporate sector ahead of the holiday. However, as trading resumed on October 13, dollar demand predominantly weighed on rupee trade.
The dollar edged up to Rs104.68 and Rs104.70 in domestic trade as the rupee lost four paisas on the buying, and five paisas on the selling counter against the dollar. In overseas trade, the dollar tumbled from a seven-month high as risk appetite took a turn for the worse after soft Chinese trade data spooked the market that is expecting the Federal Reserveâ€™s interest rate increased by year-end.
The rupee downslide continued against the dollar for the second day in the last session. It lost five paisas on the buying, and four paisas on the selling counter â€” a cumulative loss of nine paisas â€” before closing the week at Rs104.73 and Rs104.74, hitting its lowest level in October so far.
The dollar in the local interbank dealings registered a weekly gain of nine paisas against the rupee WoW.
In the last trading session, the rupee lost five paisas on rise in weekend dollar demand, closing the week at Rs105.25 and Rs105.45, its lowest level in five weeks. The dollar in overseas trade remained strong against major currencies, reinforcing expectations the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in December.
On WoW, the dollar in the open market appreciated against the rupee by five paisas last week.
In European trade, sterling index fell to its lowest since 2009, extending hefty losses on deepening worry for the British economy from its exit from the European Union.
In the last trading session, the rupee closed the week at Rs115.50 and Rs118.
During the week in review, however, the euro lost Rs1.80 on the buying counter and 80 paisas on the selling countre against the rupee on WoW basis.
Published in Dawn, Business & Finance weekly, October 17th, 2016