Mumbai, June 22 : The Indian rupee hit a record low for the second consecutive day Friday and slumped below the psychological resistance level of 57 to a dollar for the first time on increased demands for the American currency by oil and gold importers.
The partially convertible rupee closed at a record low of 57.12 to a dollar, down 1.47 percent from its previous day’s close.
The rupee hit a new record low of 57.33 in the intra-day Friday after surpassing the previous record low of 56.57 hit Thursday.
The rupee closed in the negative for the fifth consecutive session. The value of rupee has declined sharply since Fitch cut its outlook on India’s sovereign ratings to “negative” from “stable”.
Fitch has become the second credit ratings agency after Standard and Poor’s to cut its outlook threatening India’s investment grade ratings.
Both these agencies assign India the lowest investment grade.
In its mid-quarterly review of the monetary policy announced June 18, the Reserve Bank of India also disappointed the markets by keeping interest rates unchanged.
RBI Governor D. Subbarao said early this week that the central bank would intervene in the currency markets only to contain volatility of rupee.