Rupee seen tad weaker on risk-off mood ahead of budget, Fed
By Anushka Trivedi
MUMBAI, Jan 31 (Reuters) -The Indian rupee is expected to weaken on Tuesday, as the dollar gained on tepid risk appetite, with investors keeping tabs on the Adani Group saga, the upcoming Union budget and global central bank meetings.
The rupee INR=IN was seen around 81.60-81.65 per dollar in early trades, compared to its previous close of 81.4950.
The currency's future direction will be clear once the risk events this week are out of the way and we are likely to continue see rangebound moves until then, said a trader with a Mumbai-based bank.
We don't expect much fallout from the Adani Group-led selloff in equities but the situation will have to be monitored, the trader added.
So far, there has been a limited impact on the currency, but foreign investor outflow has reached more than $1 billion over the past three sessions since the Hindenburg report was published. nL4N34F164
Meanwhile, most Asian emerging market currencies declined as the dollar index =USD climbed above the 102 level overnight, with caution setting in ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve decision due late on Wednesday.
While a 25-basis-point hike is widely expected, a key marker would be how Fed officials respond to markets pricing in rate cuts later this year.
Investors also await India's Union budget on Feb. 1, in which the focus will be on the government's fiscal consolidation path.
India's annual pre-budget economic survey is likely to peg GDP growth at 6-6.8% for 2023-24, the slowest in three years, a source told Reuters.
"Depreciation pressures on the rupee are expected to resurface in fiscal 2024," said Gaura Sen Gupta, an economist at IDFC First bank.
Even as India's current account deficit is expected to narrow, the improvement could be limited by export weakness as global growth is expected to be weaker over the period, Sen Gupta added.
** One-month non-deliverable rupee INRNDFOR= forward at 81.69; onshore one-month forward premium at 11 paisa
** USD/INR NSE Feb futures settled on Monday at 81.6275
** USD/INR Feb forward premium INR1FC= is 10.5 paisa
** Dollar index =USD at 102.17
** Brent crude futures LCOc1 up 0.4% at $85.3 per barrel
** Ten-year U.S. note yield at 3.55%
** SGX Nifty SINc1 nearest-month futures up 0.6% at 17,802
** As per NSDL data, foreign investors sold a net $752.5 mln worth of Indian shares on Jan. 30
** NSDL data shows foreign investors sold a net $71.1 mln worth of Indian bonds on Jan. 30
Reporting by Anushka Trivedi
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