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India Rupee Rises From Five-Month Low as Exporters Sell Dollars

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Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- India’s rupee reversed losses on speculation exporters repatriated earnings to benefit from the currency’s slide to a five-month low.

The rupee rose 0.1 percent to 61.1450 per dollar in Mumbai, prices from local banks compiled by Bloomberg show. The currency touched 61.74 earlier, the weakest level since March 5, as U.S. President Barack Obama’s authorization of air strikes in Iraq led to concern escalating geopolitical tensions will prompt investors to shun emerging-market assets.

“Exporters selling dollars helped the rupee recover after geopolitical tensions caused a panic this morning, hitting all emerging-market currencies,” Vikas Babu, a foreign-exchange trader in Mumbai at state-run Andhra Bank, said by phone. The rupee weakened as much as 0.8 percent earlier in the day.

The yield on the 8.4 percent government bonds due 2024 climbed to as high as 8.68 percent before ending at 8.64 percent, little changed from yesterday, according to the central bank’s trading system. The rate jumped 11 basis points, or 0.11 percentage point, this week amid speculation the central bank will refrain from cutting interest rates after it flagged risks to its inflation target.

Obama authorized the strikes against militants to prevent genocide in Iraq, deepening risks as Russia retaliated against U.S. and European sanctions by banning some food imports.

The rupee’s one-month implied volatility, a gauge of expected moves in the exchange rate used to price options, jumped 18 basis points to 7.94 percent today.

Three-month offshore non-deliverable forwards fell 0.1 percent to 62.24 per dollar, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Forwards are agreements to buy or sell assets at a set price and date. Non-deliverable contracts are settled in dollars.

To contact the reporters on this story: Kartik Goyal in Mumbai at kgoyal@bloomberg.net; Shikhar Balwani in Mumbai at sbalwani@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Amit Prakash at aprakash1@bloomberg.net Sam Nagarajan, Jeanette Rodrigues

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