Rupee falls; Bharti Infratel inflows watched

MUMBAI Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:46pm IST

A cashier counts currency notes inside a bank in Lucknow July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar/Files

A cashier counts currency notes inside a bank in Lucknow July 16, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Pawan Kumar/Files

Related Topics

Stocks

   

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The rupee fell marginally on Monday on continued dollar demand from oil importers, but the losses were capped by expectations of inflows from a spate of share sales.

Bharti Infratel, the telecommunications tower unit of top Indian phone carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd (BRTI.NS), is set to raise up to $825 million in what would be the country's biggest initial share offering in two years.

The share sale will begin on Tuesday and close on Friday.

This is likely to be followed by a stake sale by the government in NMDC Ltd (NMDC.NS). The government expects to raise roughly $1.2 billion by selling a stake in the state-run miner.

The government has also raised the limit in government and corporate bonds for foreigners by $5 billion each, resulting in more inflows once the limits are auctioned.

"I expect about $500 million of inflows between the two IPOs. However, there is continuous dollar demand from oil and gold importers which is not letting the rupee appreciate," said Param Sarma, chief executive at NSP Forex.

The partially convertible rupee closed at 54.49/50 per dollar, weaker than its close of 54.47/48 on Friday.

Globally, the rupee's gains were capped as the euro flirted with two-week lows against the dollar on Monday after Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti offered to resign, raising political uncertainty over who will lead the euro zone's third-biggest economy out of the debt crisis.

The rupee faces resistance at 54.07, its 200-day moving average, charts showed.

In the offshore non-deliverable forwards, the one-month contract was at 54.71, while the three-month was at 55.23.

In the currency futures market, the most-traded near-month dollar/rupee contracts on the National Stock Exchange, the MCX-SX and the United Stock Exchange all closed at around 54.69, with total traded volume of $4.5 billion.

(Editing by Jijo Jacob)

FILED UNDER:

"India's Daughter"

Reuters Showcase

Microfinance

Microfinance

Funding the unfunded: India helps small business borrow to grow  Full Article 

Insurance Sector

Insurance Sector

UK healthcare firm Bupa sees strong growth in India  Full Article 

Sensex Rises

Sensex Rises

Sensex edges up; consumer and healthcare stocks rise  Full Article 

Market Eye

Market Eye

FTSE adds nine Indian firms as large-caps in Asia-Pacific ex-Japan index   Full Article 

Indian Ocean Diplomacy

Indian Ocean Diplomacy

PM Modi to ramp up help for Indian Ocean nations to counter China influence  Full Article 

ECB Bond-Buying

ECB Bond-Buying

ECB raises growth forecasts, to start printing money next week  Full Article 

China Economy

China Economy

China signals "new normal" with lower annual growth target  Full Article 

Pharma Sector

Pharma Sector

Panel recommends waiving late-stage trials for some drugs  Full Article 

E-commerce

E-commerce

China backs e-commerce expansion in win for Alibaba, JD.com  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage