The Pakistani rupee exhibited a modest uptick of 0.1 per cent against the US dollar during the initial trading hours on Wednesday in the inter-bank market.

At approximately 10:40 am, the local currency stabilised at Rs280.

However, at the time of closing, the PKR experienced further appreciation against the US dollar, increasing by 0.05 per cent.


According to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), the rupee concluded at Rs280.1, marking an increase of Re0.15 against the US dollar.

In contrast, on the preceding day, the rupee experienced a dip, settling at Rs280.25 against the US dollar, as reported by the State Bank of Pakistan.

Internationally, the US dollar index maintained a one-month high on Wednesday, propelled by comments from Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller that tempered expectations of a March rate cut. 

Consequently, market projections for a March rate cut decreased from 76.9 per cent to 62.2 per cent, according to CME’s FedWatch Tool.

Although the current market pricing aligns the Fed rate curve more reasonably, there are still a notable 157 basis points of rate cuts anticipated for 2024, suggesting potential for further adjustment.

The dollar index, gauging the greenback against major currencies, concluded at 103.35, having reached 103.42 in the previous session—the highest level since December 13.