The rupee on Thursday appreciated by 18 paise to 55.18 against the US dollar in early trade on the Interbank Foreign Exchange market, following a rising trend in the equity market and selling of the American currency by exporters and banks. Dealers said a firming trend in the equity market and dollar selling by exporters and banks mainly supported the local unit.
Yesterday, the domestic currency had gained 28 paise to close at a oneŚweek high of 55.36 against the dollar on the back of a surge in domestic stocks and dollar selling by exporters and banks.
Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex gained 165.24 points, or 1 per cent, to 16,619.54 in early trade.

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