Repo Rate Hold at 6.5%; Stance Turns Hawkish RBI Surprises Markets

Friday refrained from raising the repo rate, the short-term lending rate. The coverage rate stands at 6.5 percent.

The policy setting committee led by Governor Urjit Patel chose to take a pause after Hiking the prices in its past two consecutive policy meetings.

The result was compared to a survey, where a vast majority of 25 economists and economists had anticipated that the differently.

A steep increase in crude costs and increase at minimum support price (MSP) to get agri commodities had stoke inflation worries, much as the amounts for half of FY19 were lower compared to RBI estimates.

But there were also concerns tight liquidity from the system.

The results ship the rupee tumbling. The national money hit on a hit a low of 73.68 from the US dollar by the time of composing this story.

Analysts noted that a 25basis point rate increase (using a neutral position ) could have neglected to
Lift the rupee dramatically.

With India’s Foreign leaks being equity oriented and much more of a part of global risk appetite from the present

Context, mere rate of interest defence would Not be sufficient, broker Edelweiss Securities had stated in a stop note.

All eyes were about just what the apex bank state on the systemwide liquidity. concerns.

“We anticipate 2HFY19 to see added Rs 1 lakh crore of OMO buys, to ensure simpler system liquidity into sterilise currency The RBI has announced Rs 36,000 crore This comes after additional relaxation of FALLCR to get LCR calculations by two percent of NDTL,” Edelweiss Securities stated before the occasion.

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