Rupee gains 13 paise against US dollar in early trade

In opening trade on Monday, the rupee appreciated 13 paise to 74.26 against the US dollar, following  a strong rally in the domestic equities and weak American currency overseas.

Growing crude prices in the international market and foreign fund outflows capped the rupee gains, forex traders said.

The rupee opened strong at 74.27 against the dollar, and then lost some ground to quote 74.26, registering a rise of 13 paise over its previous close, at the interbank foreign exchange.

On Friday, the rupee had settled at 74.39 against the US dollar.

On the domestic equity market front, BSE Sensex was trading 245.07 points or 0.44 per cent higher at 55,574.39, while the broader NSE Nifty rose 52.60 points or 0.32 per cent to 16,503.10.

The US dollar was struggling against its major rivals in the overseas market.

Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures surged 1.93 per cent to USD 66.44 per barrel.