KARACHI: Pakistan’s rupee registered a decline for the fifth straight session against the US dollar, and depreciated 0.37% in the inter-bank market on Tuesday.
As per the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the rupee closed at 219.71 after depreciating Re0.82 or 0.37%. The rupee has cumulatively depreciated Rs1.92 or 0.87% in the last five trading sessions.
On Monday, rupee had registered a decline for the fourth successive session against the US dollar, and closed at 218.89 after a fall of Re0.46 or 0.21%.
After witnessing an appreciation run since the last week of September, amid a shift in sentiment driven by Ishaq Dar's appointment as the Finance Minister, the rupee is now reverting to its old ways amid dwindling foreign exchange reserves and the Dar euphoria seems to be tapering off.
The finance minister, in a recent interview with Reuters, had said that the “true value” of the rupee was at a level under 200 to the dollar. “I am for a stable currency; I am for a realistic rate. I am for market-based, but not subject to a currency being taken hostage” and making speculators billions of dollars," he added.
Meanwhile, Samiullah Tariq, Head of Research at Pakistan Kuwait Investment Company (Private) Limited, told Business Recorder that import payment pressure has renewed after an increase in demand.
"The import bill for the ongoing month could cross $5.5 billion. However, sentiments would change after the board meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), scheduled to be held on October 21," said Tariq.
“Moreover, a decision from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) regarding Pakistan’s status on the grey-list would also impact the rupee trajectory."
Globally, the dollar hovered near a 32-year peak above yen on Tuesday even as it took a breather from a rally against other major peers.
The US dollar index – which measures the greenback against six major peers, including the yen, euro and sterling – sagged near a 1-1/2-week low as a dramatic U-turn over the UK’s controversial tax-slashing “mini-budget” buoyed European currencies.
Oil prices, a key determinant of currency parity, edged lower on Tuesday based on fears of an economic slowdown and lower fuel demand from China as it persists with its stringent zero-COVID policy.
In the open market, the PKR lost 50 paisas for both buying and selling against USD, closing at 224 and 226.20, respectively.
Against Euro, the PKR lost 2 rupees for both buying and selling, closing at 220 and 222 respectively.
Against UAE Dirham, the PKR lost 20 paisas for both buying and selling, closing at 61 and 61.60, respectively.
Against Saudi Riyal, the PKR lost 20 paisas for buying and 5 paisas for selling, closing at 59.45 and 59.85, respectively.
Open-market rates for dollar on Tuesday
Open Bid Rs 224.00
Open Offer Rs 226.20
Interbank Closing Rates: Interbank Closing Rates For Dollar on Tuesday
Open Bid Rs 219.75
Open Offer Rs 220.75
RUPEE IN LAHORE: The Pak rupee continued its downtrend for the second straight day against the greenback and the British pound in the local currency market on Tuesday.
The US dollar commenced trading on a positive note and kept on rising following constant short supply phenomenon in the market. As a result, the dollar closed further higher for buying and selling at Rs 224.00 and Rs 226.20 against the previous close of Rs 223.00 and Rs 224.50, respectively, local currency dealers said.
On the other hand, the rupee showed strength as it recovered its day earlier losses versus the pound sterling. The pound’s buying and selling rates declined from Monday’s close of Rs 253.00 and Rs 255.50 to Rs 252.50 and Rs 255.00, respectively, they added.
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