India's foreign exchange reserves drop to six-week low

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo inside its headquarters in Mumbai

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's foreign exchange reserves fell for a second consecutive week and stood at a six-week low of $640.33 billion as of April 19, data from the central bank showed on Friday.

The reserves fell by $2.83 billion in the reporting week, adding to the previous week's $5.4 billion drop.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) intervenes in the foreign exchange market to curb excess volatility in the rupee.

For the week to which the foreign exchange data pertains, the rupee had fallen to a lifetime low of 83.5750 to the dollar but logged marginal weekly losses.

The RBI sold around $1.5 billion in the non-deliverable forwards (NDF) market last Friday, when the Iran-Israel flare-up pressured the rupee, Reuters reported, citing sources.

Changes in foreign currency assets are caused by the RBI's intervention as well as the appreciation or depreciation of foreign assets held in the reserves.

Foreign exchange reserves also include India's reserve tranche position in the International Monetary Fund.

The currency settled at 83.35 and logged a weekly rise of 0.15%, its strongest since the week ended Feb. 2.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESERVES (in million U.S. dollars)


April 19 April 12

2024 2024


Foreign currency assets 560,860 564,653

Gold 56,808 55,798

SDRs 18,034 18,077

Reserve Tranche Position 4,631 4,634


Total 640,334 643,162


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(Reporting by Siddhi Nayak; Editing by Sohini Goswami)