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Rupee gains marginally against US dollar

  • Currency settles at 278.51 against greenback in inter-bank market
Published June 21, 2024

The Pakistani rupee registered a marginal gain against the US dollar, appreciating 0.03% in the inter-bank market on Friday.

At close, the local unit settled at 278.51, a gain of Re0.09 against the greenback.

On Thursday, the rupee had closed at 278.60 after a fall of Re0.03.

In recent weeks, the domestic currency has largely been around 277-279 against the dollar as Pakistan moves forward with its plan to win a longer and larger International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout programme.

Globally, the US dollar pushed to a fresh eight-week top above 159 yen and clung close to a five-week peak to sterling on Friday, with the Federal Reserve’s patient approach to cutting interest rates contrasting with more dovish stances elsewhere.

The dollar index, which measures the currency against six major peers including the yen, sterling, euro and Swiss franc, spiked 0.41% overnight, turning positive for the week following a second successive rate cut at the Swiss National Bank and hints from the Bank of England for a reduction in August.

Meanwhile, the yen has continued to be on the back foot after the Bank of Japan’s decision last week to hold off on reducing bond-buying stimulus until its July meeting.

Oil prices, a key indicator of currency parity, were little changed on Friday but on course to rise for a second week amid signs of improving demand and falling oil and fuel inventories in the US, the world’s biggest oil consumer.

Brent futures for August settlement were down 13 cents to $85.58 a barrel by 0927 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate crude futures for August delivery were down 10 cents to $81.19. Prices have risen about 5% this month to their highest point in more than seven weeks.

Inter-bank market rates for dollar on Friday

BID                            Rs 278.51

OFFER                      Rs 278.71

Open-market movement

In the open market, the PKR lost 8 paise for buying and 5 paise for selling against USD, closing at 277.69 and 280.37, respectively.

Against Euro, the PKR lost 29 paise for buying and 24 paise for selling, closing at 294.94 and 297.79, respectively.

Against UAE Dirham, the PKR lost 20 paise for buying and 22 paise for selling, closing at 75.10 and 75.84, respectively.

Against Saudi Riyal, the PKR lost 11 paise for buying and 10 paise for selling, closing at 73.10 and 73.80, respectively.

Open-market rates for dollar on Friday

BID                            Rs 277.69

OFFER                      Rs 280.37

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