Any resurgence in global risk aversion threatens to reverse strong dollar inflows into local stocks and debt, which totalled over $2 billion in February, and helped push the rupee to its highest in more than a month on Friday.
The BSE Sensex snapped a five-session winning streak to end 0.8 percent down.
The rupee has generally been on a strengthening mode, helped by fund flows. Today's fall is largely due to the risk-off mode due to the Ukranian situation.We may see some extended weakness to 62.30 levels, but largely it will remain range-bound till the elections.
The rupee closed at 62.04/05 versus Friday's close of 61.75/76 per dollar, which was its highest since January 21.It fell 0.46 percent in the session, its biggest single-day drop since February 18.
The rupee's falls tracked declines in most emerging Asian currencies after Russian President Vladimir Putin said over the weekend he had the right to invade Ukraine.
In the offshore non-deliverable forwards, the one-month contract was at 62.45 while the three-month was at 63.17.