Several emerging market currencies experiencing downside pressures. Reuters
The Indian rupee has breached the 74 per dollar mark and experts feel that with continued global economic concerns and possibilities of further plunge in financial and oil markets, it may continue to witness volatility in the coming days.
The Indian rupee touched a record low against the dollar on Thursday, trading at over Rs 75 per dollar against its previous close of Rs74.26 a dollar. The rupee on Thursday breached the 75-mark against the US dollar
Indian shares tumbled on Friday, as banking stocks came under pressure after the country’s central bank placed troubled lender Yes Bank under a moratorium and took over its board.
The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index closed 0.1% lower at 11,504.95, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex, which has fewer pharma components, ended down 0.34% at 38,845.82.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was flat, while travel and leisure stocks shed the most among sectors with a 2.4% fall.
The dollar gave up gains made after the Federal Reserve upgraded its 2020 economic forecast this week to trade in negative territory on Thursday. It was last quoted at 92.923 against a basket of major currencies, on track for a 0.3% weekly loss.
Retail sales volumes rose by 0.8% in August, the Office for National Statistics said - slightly above the average 0.7% forecast in a Reuters poll - and, compared with a year earlier, they were up 2.8%, just below forecasts of 3.0% annual growth.