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January 15, 2020

Rupee ends firm

Business

January 15, 2020

The rupee remained steady on Tuesday, as positive sentiment and healthy supplies helped stabilise the currency, dealers said.

In the interbank market, the rupee closed at 154.85 to the dollar, unchanged from the previous close.

The rupee gained 10 paisas against the dollar in the open market due to weak demand for the foreign exchange. The local unit ended at 155/dollar.

Dealers said increased dollar supplies and the global credit rating agency Fitch affirming Pakistan’s long-term foreign currency improved the market sentiment.

Fitch kept the country’s credit rating unchanged at B- with a stable outlook.

External vulnerabilities have been reduced over the past year as a result of policy actions and financing unlocked through an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, which have narrowed the current account deficit and supported a modest rebuilding of reserves, according to Fitch.

“Still, external finances remain fragile with relatively low foreign-exchange reserves in the context of an elevated external debt repayment schedule and subdued export performance,” it said.

The rupee has been supported by increased foreign exchange reserves and higher remittances from Pakistani workers abroad.

Remittances from overseas Pakistani workers rose 3.31 percent to $11.394 billion in the six months of the current fiscal year 2019/20.