The Indian rupee strengthened on Friday, aided by gains in its Asian peers and positive sentiment following the presentation of the domestic budget.

The rupee was at 22.58 against the UAE dirham as of 8.55am local time, higher by 0.11 per cent, compared to its close at 22.606 in the previous session.

The dollar index was little changed at 103 after falling nearly 0.5 per cent on Thursday, weighed down by a dip in US treasury yields. Most Asian currencies advanced, led by the Indonesian rupiah, which was up 0.6 per cent.

The 10-year US treasury yield was last quoted slightly higher at 3.89 per cent in Asia hours after falling 10 basis points (bps) on Thursday.

US bond yields fell amid safe haven demand due to renewed concerns about US regional banks and in light of data that showed jobless claims rose more than expected for the week ended January 27.

The rupee's gains on Friday were aided by broad-based dollar sales, a foreign exchange trader at a private bank said.

The "double bonanza," of a drop in US yields and positive sentiment following the presentation of India's budget on Thursday is likely to support further appreciation in the local unit, the trader added.

The Indian government set lower-than-expected fiscal deficit and gross borrowing targets for the financial year starting April 1 in the budget, a move that is likely to aid debt inflows into India.

The dollar-rupee pair is likely to trade with a "sell on upticks" bias on Friday, said Apurva Swarup, vice president at Shinhan Bank India.

Meanwhile, rupee forward premiums fell, with the 1-year implied yield falling 3 bps to 1.82 per cent.

Investors will now be keeping a keen eye on the US non-farm payrolls data, due later on Friday.

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