Snapping its five-session losing streak, the rupee rebounded from its lifetime low to close 12 paise higher at 78.94 against the US dollar on July 1 amid efforts by the government to curb gold imports and check the current account deficit.
The Centre on July 1 said it has hiked the gold import duty to 15 per cent from 10.75 percent amid an increase in the yellow metal’s imports, which is putting pressure on the current account deficit, report agencies.
It finally settled at 78.94, a rise of 12 paise over its previous close of 79.06 — its lifetime low. "Today the government announced hike in import duty on gold by 5 per cent to curtail volatility of the rupee," said Gaurang Somaiya, Forex & Bullion Analyst, Motilal Oswal Financial Services.
According to Somaiya, USD-INR is likely to trade sideways but with a positive bias and quote in the range of 78.70 and 79.20. On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 111.01 points or 0.21 percent lower at 52,907.93, while the broader NSE Nifty declined 28.20 points or 0.18 per cent to 15,752.05.