The rupee pared morning losses and was trading 1 paisa higher to 68 against the American currency in late morning deals amid bouts of dollar-selling by banks and exporters, despite strength in the greenback. The rupee hit a fresh three-week low of 68.16 against last Friday's closing level of 68.01 at the inter-bank foreign exchange here.
The domestic unit was trading in a wide range and hovered between 67.97 and 68.18 per dollar during morning deals, it was quoting at 68.00 at 1030 hrs. Some dollar-selling by banks on behalf of the apex bank curbed the fall in rupee, a dealer said.
Meanwhile, the US dollar rose towards a seven-month high against its major peers in early Asian trade as investors hoped the United States and China would avoid a full-blown trade war, although tensions between the two slowed its gains. The 30-share BSE Sensex trading marginally lower by 29 points, or 0.08 per cent, at 35,592.54 at 1045 hrs.