Mumbai, Nov 16 (PTI) The rupee declined by 14 paise to settle at 83.23 against the US dollar on Thursday as a firm greenback in the overseas markets weighed on investor sentiments.
However, a firm trend in domestic equities and losses in crude oil prices helped the rupee to restrict the fall, forex dealers said.
At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee opened lower at 83.18 against the US currency. The local unit remained under pressure in the day trade, moving in a tight range of 83.17 to 83.25.
The rupee settled at 83.23 against the US dollar, showing a loss of 14 paise over the last close.
The rupee appreciated 24 paise to close at 83.09 against the US dollar on Wednesday as the American currency retreated from its elevated levels after the US inflation came lower than expected.
"The rupee faced weakness as the dollar index rebounded from 103.90 to 104.30," Jateen Trivedi, VP Research Analyst at LKP Securities, said.
"The (US) retail sales data, which came in line with minor weakness, sent positive signals regarding the prospects of a US rate hike as Fed (Federal Reserve) has key data in support to not hike further," he added.
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading higher by 0.10 per cent at 104.35 on Thursday.
Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.54 per cent to USD 80.78 per barrel.
Analysts said oil prices declined further in Asian trade due to signs of easing demand in China and a bigger-than-expected weekly build in US crude stockpiles.
On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex climbed 306.55 points to settle at 65,982.48, while the broader Nifty rose by 89.75 points to close at 19,765.20.
According to exchange data, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) emerged as net buyers in the capital market on Thursday as they bought shares worth Rs 957.25 crore. PTI MR BAL BAL BAL