MUMBAI: The rupee appreciated by 23 paise to 68.74 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday.
The rupee opened strong at 68.78 at the interbank forex market then gained further ground to touch 68.74 per dollar, displaying gains of 23 paise over its last close.
On Thursday, the rupee had settled at 68.97 against the US dollar.
The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.03 per cent to 96.81.
As per provisional data, foreign investors sold shares worth Rs 1,404.86 crore on a net basis on Thursday.
The benchmark BSE Sensex was trading 221.24 points, or 0.57 per cent down to quote at 38,706.82 while the NSE Nifty was trading at 11,529.00, down 67.90 points, or 0.59 per cent.
Meanwhile, brent crude, the global benchmark, was trading at 63.18 per barrel higher by 2.02 per cent.