Rupee gains 8 paise to 67.19 vs dollar in early trade

An employee counts Indian currency notes at a cash counter inside a bank in Kolkata June 18, 2012. The Indian rupee gained in early trade on Monday as risk assets rallied after Greece elections gave a slim majority to pro-bailout parties, with the focus shifting to the central bank policy decision later in the day. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS)

The rupee appreciated 8 paise to 67.19 against the US dollar in early trade on Wednesday on fresh selling of the American unit by exporters.

Besides, a higher opening in the domestic equity market supported the rupee. However, dollar’s strength against some currencies overseas capped the gains, forex dealers said.

On Tuesday, the rupee closed lower by 13 paise at 67.27 on persistent demand for the American currency from banks and importers following a stronger greenback in the overseas market.

In the last four trading days, the domestic unit plunged 62 paise or 0.93 per cent.

Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex rose 136.19 points or 0.51 per cent to 26,531.90 in early trade today.