Mumbai: The rupee strengthened by 6 paise to 73.42 against the US dollar in early trade on Wednesday on increased selling of the American currency by exporters and banks. Also Read - Terrible Thursday: Sensex Sinks Over 3,150 Points; Nifty Below 9,500 in Biggest Crash Ever

Forex dealers said weakness in the dollar against some currencies overseas and a higher opening of domestic equity markets gave some support to the rupee. Also Read - US Dollar Rises as Fears Over US-Iran Tensions Ease



On Tuesday, the rupee had climbed 35 paise to close at nearly two-week high of 73.48 per dollar amid softening crude oil prices and easing concerns over the trade deficit. Also Read - Rupee Slips Below 72-mark Against USD Amid Ongoing Economic Crisis

Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex jumped 391.18 points, or 1.03 per cent, to 35,553.66 in the opening trade.



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