The Indian rupee on Wednesday, October 3 crashed below the 73 mark against the dollar for the first time ever on strong demand for the American currency from importers amid rising global oil prices and unabated capital outflows.
At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) market, the domestic currency dropped 43 paise to 73.34 against the US dollar in the early trade.
The rupee opened lower at 73.26 and weakened further to quote at 73.34 a dollar against its previous closing of 72.91 on Monday, October 1.
Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares net worth a net of ₹1,842 crore Monday, provisional data showed.
Forex markets remained closed on Tuesday, October 2, on account of Gandhi Jayanti. On Wednesday morning, the rupee was trading at a lifetime low of 73.34 against the US dollar
The rupee on Monday, October 1 had tumbled 43 paise to end at a two-week low of 72.91 against the US dollar on steady capital outflows.
Forex dealers said besides strong demand for the American currency from importers, concerns of fears of rising fiscal deficit and capital outflows mainly weighed on the domestic currency.
Forex markets remained closed on Tuesday, October 2, on account of Gandhi Jayanti.
Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex dropped by 137.62 points, or 0.38%, to 36,388.52 in opening trade on Wednesday, October 3.