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Rupee to Rise after Safe haven Dollar Drops to 4-Month Low

MUMBAI, Dec 22 (Reuters) - The Indian rupee is expected to open higher on Friday after a recovery in U.S. equities dampened the demand for the safe haven dollar.

Non-deliverable forwards indicate the rupee will open at around 83.20-83.22 to the U.S. dollar, compared with the previous session's closing at 83.2775.

U.S. equities recovered from Wednesday's selloff, with the S&P 500 climbing a percent. The dollar index made a low of 101.73 in the New York session, a level not seen since mid-August.

Asian currencies were up 0.1%-0.4% and shares rose.

An opening uptick in the rupee, alongside Asia, "is all that may happen", a FX trader at a bank said.

USD/INR is "back to being well bid on dips" and "difficult to see much of a drop below 83.20", he said.

The USD/INR pair ran into consistent buying interest on Thursday, due to oil companies seeking dollars.

The dollar index was not helped by the U.S. GDP expanding at a slower pace than was expected in the third quarter. Third-quarter U.S. GDP growth was revised down to 4.9% from 5.2%. Economists polled by Reuters had anticipated that GDP growth would be unrevised.

"USDINR could again stay in a range for a few more days. The next important data point is the US PCE inflation," said Srinivas Puni, managing director at QuantArt Market Solutions.

The core U.S. PCE (Personal Consumption Expenditures) data due later in the day is the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge. Economists polled by Reuters expect a0.2% month-on-month rise in core PCE price index.

The data comes in the backdrop of investors pricing in a high probability of the Fed cutting rates as early as in the March meeting, despite resistance from policymakers.


** One-month non-deliverable rupee forward at 83.27; onshore one-month forward premium at 8 paisa

** Dollar index at 101.84

** Brent crude futures up 0.7% at $80 per barrel

** Ten-year U.S. note yield at 3.90%

** As per NSDL data, foreign investors bought a net $241.4mln worth of Indian shares on Dec. 20

** NSDL data shows foreign investors bought a net $18.8mln worth of Indian bonds on Dec. 20

Reporting by Nimesh Vora; Editing by Dhanya Ann Thoppil

Source: Reuters

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