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Rupee gains 2 paise to 71.22 vs $

The rupee crept up 2 paise to 71.22 upon the $ in early trade on Friday between a dip in crude oil prices and fresh foreign fund inflows.

At the Interbank Foreign Exchange (forex) market, the local unit started nearly flat at 71.23 and stayed in a narrow range.

The rupee had slipped by 13 paise to close at 71.24 upon the $ on Thursday.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) net bought assets worth ₹ 55 crore Thursday while domestic institutional investors bought shares to the tune of ₹ 202 crores, provisional data showed.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, was selling 0.25 per cent lower at $ 66.90 per barrel.

The dollar index, which weighs the greenback’s force against a basket of six currencies, traded flat at 96.60.

While, the benchmark BSE Sensex fell 56.40 points, or 0.16 per cent, to 35,841.95 in opening trade Friday.

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