- Currency closes at 299.89 after appreciation of 0.42%
- This is the rupee's fifth successive gain in inter-bank market
The Pakistani rupee continued to march upwards against the US dollar, appreciating for the fifth consecutive session to settle at 299.89 in the inter-bank market on Tuesday.
At close, the rupee was up Rs1.27 or 0.42%, as per the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). Cumulatively, the rupee has appreciated over 2% in the last five sessions after it hit a record low of 307.1 last week. Its increase in the open market, however, has been much more pronounced.
On Monday, the rupee had strengthened 0.59% to settle at 301.16 in the inter-bank market.
In a related development, inflows of home remittances posted a decline of 22% during the first two months of this fiscal year (FY24), the SBP reported on Monday.
According to the SBP, Pakistan received workers’ remittances amounting to $4.12 billion in July-Aug of FY24 compared to $ 5.25 billion in the same period of last fiscal year (FY23), a massive decline of 21.6 percent or $1.13 billion.
Internationally, the US dollar regained some lost ground during trading on Tuesday.
US inflation data for the month of August is due on Wednesday, with traders on the lookout for whether the world’s largest economy is indeed on track for a “soft landing” and whether the Fed has further to go in raising rates.
The US dollar index, which ended last week with an eight-week winning streak, rose 0.03% to 104.60, after falling 0.46% in the previous session. Sterling steadied at $1.2508.
Oil prices, a key indicator of currency parity, rose about 1% on Tuesday, boosted by a tighter supply outlook, while investors awaited macroeconomic data that could indicate whether interest rates will rise further in the United States and Europe.
Inter-bank market rates for dollar on Tuesday
BID Rs 298.90
OFFER Rs 299.10
In the open market, the PKR remained unchanged for both buying and selling against USD, closing at 297.00 and 300.00, respectively.
Against Euro, the PKR gained 1.00 rupee for both buying and selling, closing at 321.00 and 324.00, respectively.
Against UAE Dirham, the PKR gained 10 paisa for buying and remained unchanged for selling, closing at 81.70 and 82.50, respectively.
Against Saudi Riyal, the PKR gained 50 paisa for both buying and selling, closing at 78.00 and 78.70, respectively.
Open-market rates for dollar on Tuesday
BID Rs 297.00
OFFER Rs 300.00