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  • Indian retail sector suffers Rs 9 lakh crore hit over past 2 months
  • Indian Rupee (INR) rises as broad mood improves amid global easing of lockdown measures
  • US consumer confidence expected to increase to 88 vs 86.9 in April.
  • 11:30 UTC, USD/INR is trading -0.33% at 75.64 >> Real time exchange rate

The Indian Rupee is trending higher versus the US Dollar for a third straight session on Tuesday. The Rupee settled +0.1% versus the greenback on Monday at 75.88.

At 11:30 UTC, USD/INR is trading -0.33% at 75.64. This is towards the lower end of the daily traded range of 75.61 – 75.88 as risk sentiment improves. However, the pair continues to trade within a familiar range, which it has traded since the coronavirus outbreak.

The Indian Rupee is ignoring coronavirus woes at home, instead rising inline with risk sentiment amid hopes of a global economic restart.

The number of coronavirus cases in India jumped by 6,977 on Monday according to government data, taking the total number of cases to 138,845. This puts India within the top 10 nations worst hit by coronavirus. The death toll has risen to 4000. Fears are mounting that these numbers will grow rapidly as migrant workers return from big cities to their villages where medical care is basic at best.

Data from the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) revealed that India’s retail trade lost business to the tune of Rs 9 lakh crore over the past 2 months, owing to the nationwide lockdown. The Confederation said that domestic trade is facing its worst period.

However, the Rupee is focusing on the improved mood in the broader market surrounding the global economic reopening. Global economies are easing lockdown measures boosting hopes of an economic restart. The UK, California Japan and Saudi Arabia all announced measures to ease the virus led stipulations.

Adding to the brightening mood was upbeat new surrounding coronavirus vaccines. Novavax has become the latest US biotechnology firm to announce that it will move its vaccine to human trials with results expected in July.

As risk sentiment increases investors are more drawn towards riskier investments and currencies, such as the Indian Rupee, and away from the safe haven US Dollar.

Looking ahead investors will now turn their attention to US consumer sentiment data. Analyst are expecting morale to creep higher to 88 in May, up from 86.9 in April. is a news site only and not a currency trading platform. is a site operated by TransferWise Inc. ("We", "Us"), a Delaware Corporation. We do not guarantee that the website will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner or is free of viruses or other harmful components. The content on our site is provided for general information only and is not intended as an exhaustive treatment of its subject. We expressly disclaim any contractual or fiduciary relationship with you on the basis of the content of our site, any you may not rely thereon for any purpose. You should consult with qualified professionals or specialists before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site. Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up to date, and DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Some of the content posted on this site has been commissioned by Us, but is the work of independent contractors. These contractors are not employees, workers, agents or partners of TransferWise and they do not hold themselves out as one. The information and content posted by these independent contractors have not been verified or approved by Us. The views expressed by these independent contractors on do not represent our views.