Rupee falls 50 paise to 70.08 against US dollar

The rupee depreciated by 50 paise to 70.08 against the US dollar in early trade on Monday at the interbank foreign exchange amid strengthening of the US dollar against some currencies overseas.

Forex traders said besides increased demand of the US currency from importers, the dollar's strength against some currencies overseas weighed on the rupee but a higher opening of the domestic equity markets, capped the losses.

The rupee opened lower at 69.87 against the dollar then dropped further to quote at 70.08, down 50 paise over its previous close.

The rupee had strengthened by 27 paise to close at a four-month high of 69.58 against the US currency on Friday.