The rupee started on a muted note and slipped 6 paise to 76.21 against the US dollar in early trade on Wednesday, tracking the strength of the dollar in the overseas market and weak domestic macroeconomic data.
At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 76.15 against the American dollar and moved in a narrow range. It touched an early low of 76.21 in initial deals, report agencies.
Meanwhile, global oil benchmark Brent crude futures fell 0.23 per cent to USD 104.40 per barrel.
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.02 per cent to 100.31.
According to Sriram Iyer, Senior Research Analyst at Reliance Securities, the rupee could remain range bound in Wednesday’s session.
"The US CPI was in line with expectation and weighed on US bond yields and could lend support, however reassurance by one of the Fed members on rate hikes continued to lift the dollar and could cap appreciating bias of the local unit,” Iyer noted.
Additionally, a surge in domestic CPI and core inflation number will cap appreciating bias of the local unit, Iyer added.
On the domestic equity market front, the 30-share Sensex was trading 73.32 points or 0.13 per cent higher at 58,649.69, while the broader NSE Nifty advanced by 29.70 points, or 0.17 per cent, to 17,560.