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Rupee hits record low for 11th session


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Reuters: The rupee fell to an all-time low on Tuesday, marking its 11th straight session of setting fresh record lows.

The rupee, which hit a record low of 161.97 early in the trade, closed at 161.95/162.05 per dollar, compared with Monday’s close of 161.60/70.

The currency surpassed its earlier record of 161.65 hit in the previous session.

“There was (dollar) demand from local and foreign banks. We saw some oil and gas import bills,” a dealer said, requesting anonymity.

“The depreciation pressure remains as exporters are waiting to see the bottom in the rupee fall.”

The rupee will be under depreciation pressure with the year-end seasonal importer dollar demand, dealers said.

Absence of dollar conversions by exporters and outflows from equities and government securities also pushed the rupee lower, analysts have said.

Exporters are holding on to dollars as they expect the local currency to decline further, dealers said.

The Sri Lankan currency is also hurt by weakness in the Indian rupee. India is Sri Lanka’s biggest trading partner and the Indian rupee, which also hit a record low on Tuesday, has been one of the worst performers in Asia this year.

Foreign investors bought government securities worth a net Rs. 578.3 million ($ 3.58 million) in the week ended 29 August, marking the first week of net buying since April. However, they have net sold Rs. 46.9 billion worth securities so far this year, Central Bank data showed.

Govt. won’t intervene 

in forex market: Eran

Reuters: Sri Lanka will leave the level of its rupee currency to market forces to decide and the Government will not intervene in the foreign exchange market, junior Finance Minister Eran Wickremaratne told Reuters yesterday.

“We will not intervene,” he said. “We have left it to the market. We will just do the right policy and let it sort itself. Never panic about it.”

The currency fell to an all-time low of 161.97 versus the US dollar yesterday, in its 11th straight session of fresh record lows. The rupee, which weakened 1.2% last month, has dropped 5.5% this year.

 


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