The local unit rose a marginal five paise to close at 68.89 a dollar almost in line with other emerging market currencies.
During the day's trading it gained up to 68.95 a dollar with many traders shying away from taking any fresh trading positions.
It was a lacklustre trading session with the Budget around the corner. All investors are waiting for the Union Budget before they begin to take new bets," said a trader from a foreign bank. Investors are waiting for policy cues.
Crude oil prices were at $63.16 a barrel versus 62.09 a day earlier. A rise in oil prices bears bad news for India, which meets three-fourths of its oil requirements via overseas shipments.
"Rising crude oil prices and foreign fund outflows weighed on the domestic currency and restricted its rise," said another trader from a large private bank.
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