The rupee trimmed its initial losses, but was still down by 8 paise to 66.72 against the American currency in the late morning trade on month-end bouts of demand for dollars from importers.
The rupee resumed sharply lower at 66.90 per dollar as against last Wednesday’s closing level of 66.64 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange (Forex) market here.
It hovered in the range of 66.90 and 66.68 before quoting at 66.64 at 1030 hrs.
Meanwhile, the dollar index was down 0.01 per cent at 96.31 against a basket of six currencies in the early trade.
In the overseas market, the US dollar mostly ruled stable against its major rivals, but edged up against the yen, after rebounding last week following a series of comments from US Federal Reserve officials who supported the case for more interest rate hikes than markets had anticipated.
The domestic benchmark Sensex was down by 92.50 points or 0.37 per cent to 25,245.06 at 1045hrs.