USD/INR: Indian Rupee drops 60 paise in early trade

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  • Indian Rupee tanks in early trade, tracking the oil price rally.
  • Rupee may slide further if oil continues to rally on fears of a prolonged Saudi production outage.

The Indian Rupee has gapped lower by more than 60 paise in early trade, possibly tracking the oil rally.

The USD/INR pair jumped to 71.67 at the opening bell, having closed 71.01 on Friday.

Brent oil jumped close to 20% in early Asia on fears that Saudi Aramco’s production outage may last more than six weeks. The plant came under Drone attack on Saturday.

A rise in oil prices almost always drags the Rupee lower, as India is an oil-importing nation.

The INR may remain under pressure over the next few days if Saudi officials confirm markets’ worst fears, sending oil to levels near $75, as predicted by Goldman Sachs.

As of writing, the USD/INR pair is trading at 71.5275, representing 0.72% gain on the day.

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