Mumbai: The rupee collapsed to a fresh low of 73.77 against the US dollar Thursday, as global oil prices continued to rise, deepening concerns about the current account deficit and capital outflows. Also Read - Amid COVID Surge, US to Restrict Travel From India Starting May 4
Consistent dollar demand from importers, mainly oil refiners, following higher crude oil prices, kept the rupee under pressure. Also Read - Rhea Chakraborty Expresses Gratitude Towards 'Covid Warriors', Says 'Let's Go Mumbai'
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At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened lower and slipped further to a fresh low of 73.77 a dollar against 73.34, a fall of 43 paise.
The domestic currency closed at a record low of 73.34, down by 43 paise or 0.59 per cent on Wednesday.
The international benchmark Brent crude breached the US 86 per barrel level, near its four-year high.
The benchmark Sensex plunged by 527.94 points, or 1.39 per cent, to 35,447.69 in morning deals.