The Indian rupee strengthened by 25 paise last week to end at 73.14 against the US dollar, helped by robust FPI inflows especially during August.

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The domestic equity market will bring its focus back on developments around India-China tensions and updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic this week, with a slew of key macro data released over the past week suggesting a long road to recovery, according to analysts.

Last week, the BSE benchmark Sensex fell 2.81 per cent or 1,110 points, and the NSE gauge Nifty dropped 2.7 per cent or 314 points as investors turned cautious on weaker-than-expected GDP number and infrastructure output data.

As the situation in eastern Ladakh remains tense, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has conveyed to his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe that China must strictly respect the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and not make attempts to unilaterally change its status quo.

In the first highest level face-to-face contact between the two sides after border tension erupted in eastern Ladakh in early May, Singh and Wei met for over two hours in Moscow last week on the sidelines of a meeting of the defence ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO).

Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services, said, “Uncertainties await the market this week, be it global economic data points or geo-political uncertainties related to Indo-China border tensions.”

Markets seem to have lost its momentum in the near-term and could be heading into a round of consolidation, Nair observed.