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  • USD/INR climbed to the 74.50 region in early trade.
  • The rupee drops to the lowest level since October 2018.
  • The RBI seized control over the Yes Bank on Friday.

The Indian rupee is in free-fall at the end of the week and it has lifted USD/INR to the highest level since October 2018 near the 74.50 area.

USD/INR higher on INR-selling, coronavirus

The Indian currency has been under increasing selling pressure since late February along with mounting concerns over the fast-spreading coronavirus and its potential impact on the domestic (as well as global) economy.

In addition, Friday’s news that the central bank (RBI) seized control over the Yes Bank – the country’s fourth largest private lender – has been also weighing on the rupee and exacerbated the upside in the pair to fresh tops near 74.50 earlier in the session.

Later on Friday, the US Non-farm Payrolls for the month of February are due, with market expectations at around 175K jobs. In the domestic docket, the RBI’s FX Reserves ticked higher to $481.54 billion during last week (from 4476.12 billion).

USD/INR levels to watch

At the moment, the pair is advancing 0.14% at 74.138 and faces the next hurdle at 74.466 (2020 high Mar.6) seconded by 74.528 (all-time high October 9 2018) and then 75.00 (psychological level). On the flip side, a breach of 72.203 (high Jan.8) would expose 71.550 (55-day SMA) and finally 70.788 (200-day SMA).