The rupee fell 21 paise to 73.13 in early trade on Thursday due to the fall in the domestic stock market and the strength of the US currency. The domestic unit opened at 73.13 against the US dollar in the interbank foreign exchange market, showing a fall of 21 paise over the previous close.

The rupee closed at 72.92 against the dollar on Wednesday.

The rupee had closed at 72.92 against the dollar on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the dollar index, showing the position of the US dollar against six major currencies, rose 0.12 percent to 90.75. Foreign institutional investors sold shares worth Rs 1,688.22 crore on a gross basis on Wednesday, according to provisional stock market data.

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Global oil benchmark Brent crude futures fell 0.61 percent to USD 55.47 a barrel.

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