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Rupee slips lower against US dollar

  • Currency settles at 278.51 against the US dollar in inter-bank market
Published July 10, 2024

The Pakistani rupee registered a marginal decline, depreciating 0.04% against the US dollar in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.

At close, the local unit settled at 278.51, a loss of Re0.11 against the greenback, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

On Tuesday, the local unit had settled at 278.40 against the US dollar.

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.

Internationally, the US dollar was on the front foot on Wednesday having rebounded from a three-week low after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell struck a cautious tone on how soon interest rate cuts would come.

In the first day of his testimony to Congress overnight, Powell said a rate cut is not appropriate until the Fed gains “greater confidence” inflation is headed toward the 2% inflation target. However, he noted the cooling job market, saying “we now face two-sided risks” and can no longer focus solely on inflation.

The dollar index, which measures the US currency against six major peers including the euro and yen, was flat at 105.11 early in the Asian day, after rising about 0.1% on Tuesday.

Oil prices, a key indicator of currency parity, dipped on Wednesday as the impact from Hurricane Beryl dissipated and inflation data highlighted stubbornly weak consumer demand in top crude importer China.

Brent futures were down 58 cents, or 0.69%, at $84.08 a barrel, as of 0632 GMT, after falling 1.3% in the previous session.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 48 cents, or 0.59%, to $80.93 a barrel, after falling 1.1% in the previous session.

Inter-bank market rates for dollar on Wednesday

BID                            Rs 278.51

OFFER                      Rs 278.71

Open-market movement

In the open market, the PKR gained 14 paise for buying and 45 paise for selling against USD, closing at 278.95 and 280.55, respectively.

Against the Euro, the PKR lost 3 paise for both buying and selling, closing at 299.34 and 302.17, respectively.

Against UAE Dirham, the PKR lost 10 paise for buying and 9 paise for selling, closing at 75.55 and 76.29, respectively.

Against the Saudi Riyal, the PKR lost 9 paise for both buying and selling, closing at 73.80 and 74.49, respectively.

Open-market rates for dollar on Wednesday

BID                            Rs 278.95

OFFER                      Rs 280.50

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