RBI's policy status quo leaves India Inc cold

The Reserve Bank of India is widely expected to keep policy rates on hold but investors will watch for any hints of a cut at the February meeting in the policy statement to be released on Wednesday

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Unlikely further rate cut due to inflationary pressures going ahead could be the main reason for fall in rate sensitive stocks today, experts feel.

The equity markets which have been bearish since the last week, slipped further as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) chose to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6 per cent at the end of its two-day long policy review meet.

As widely expected, RBI maintained a status quo on policy rates citing its neutral monetary policy stance and objective of achieving the medium-term target for consumer price inflation (or CPI) of 4 per cent within a band of +/- 2%, while supporting growth. Assocham President Sandeep Jajodia said in a statement.

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The RBI also contributed to the sell-off by selling 900 billion rupees ($13.95 billion) via open market operations since July to drain out excess cash accumulated after India's shock move to ban higher-value bills late previous year as well as the central bank's foreign exchange market interventions.

The benchmark 10-year bond yield ended at 7.03 percent, compared with around 7.07 percent right before the RBI decision came in. "RBI believes that the higher household inflation expectations and possibility of pass through of higher input costs may push inflation trajectory in future", Kunal Shah, Fund Manager - Debt at Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance said. Yields should now consolidate albeit at current levels and await clarity on fiscal front and inflation outcome especially in food prices.

Growth in gross domestic product picked up to 6.3 per cent in July-September from a year ago, halting five quarters of deceleration as manufacturing rebounded. Fuel prices too have risen globally. In this index, the stocks who were in negative were - Union Bank at Rs 156 per piece (3.20%), followed by Canara Bank at Rs 366.30 per piece (2.02%), Bank of Baroda at Rs 166.75 per piece (1.91%), SBI at Rs 313.05 per piece (1.90%), PNB at Rs 172.85 per piece (1.76%) and Syndicate Bank at Rs 86.50 per piece (1.54%). About two shares declined for every share rising on the NSE.

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Index heavyweight Reliance Industries (up 1.4 percent) and Infosys (0.6 percent) capped market's losses.

The Nifty PSU Bank was biggest loser among sectoral indices, falling almost 2 percent. Sun Pharma emerged as the worst performer among Sensex constituents by falling 2.31 percent, while Bajaj Auto declined 1.65 percent.

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