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Sensex down 215 pts as RBI hikes rate, Nifty ends below 16,400; RIL, Airtel drag

Market Closing: Indian indices on Wednesday declined as RBI decided to hike repo rates by 50 bps to 4.9%. (Hemant Mishra/Mint)Premium
Market Closing: Indian indices on Wednesday declined as RBI decided to hike repo rates by 50 bps to 4.9%. (Hemant Mishra/Mint)

  • Market Closing: Indian indices on Wednesday extended losses for another session as RBI hiked key policy rates. Heavyweights Reliance, Bharti Airtel, ITC were the major drags on the indices today

Indian indices on Wednesday ended in the red as both the Sensex and Nifty dropped around 0.4% after the RBI hiked policy repo rate by 50 bps to curb inflation. After a weak start, the indices turned positive but, soon after, they gave up gains to end in the red. European markets opened mostly lower on Wednesday after gains in Asia as investors awaited greater clarity on where interest rates, inflation and economies are heading. Oil extended gains from the highest close in three months as the US summer driving season ramps up and China emerges from virus lockdowns. 

08 Jun 2022, 03:45:43 PM IST

Sensex sheds 215 pts, Nifty ends below 16,360; Realty, PSU banks rise, energy, telecom, FMCG stocks slip

Indian indices on Wednesday closed lower, extending run of losses, dragged by heavy selling pressure in market heavyweights Reliance Industries, Bharti Airtel, and ITC as RBI's monetary policy committee decided to increase repo rate by 50 bps to 4.9%.

The Sensex fell 214.85 points, or 0.39%, to close at 54,892.49, while Nifty50 declined 60.10 points to end at 16,356.25. Sectorally, telecom, energy, FMCG, and power stocks, among others, came under selling pressure, while PSU banks and realty stocks received buying support.

On the 30-stock index, the most gains were made by Tata Steel, SBI, DRL, and Bajaj Finance, among others, while Reliance Industries, Bharti Airtel, and ITC were among the biggest losers.

On Nifty50, Tata Steel, SBI, and Titan made the most gains, while Airtel, ITC, RIL, and UPL were among the biggest laggards.

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08 Jun 2022, 03:18:33 PM IST

Oil prices face big volatility as spare capacity dries up

After more than a year of pressure from the United States and other top oil consuming countries, OPEC+ finally agreed to accelerate oil supply increases last week to tame runaway fuel prices and slow inflation.

But that will leave producers with very little spare capacity, and almost no room to compensate for a major supply outage.

Tight spare capacity is likely to keep oil prices volatile and sensitive to any disruptions in output, such as a big hit from a hurricane to Gulf of Mexico production during the Atlantic storm season, or a further fall in exports from sanctions-hit Russia.

The most conservative estimates forecast OPEC's spare capacity dropping to below 1 million barrels per day (bpd) later this year, representing about 1% of global demand and barely one twentieth of U.S. demand.

Only a handful of OPEC producers, namely Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have any meaningful spare capacity.

08 Jun 2022, 03:00:37 PM IST

Nifty50 slips below 16,350; SBI, Tata Steel top gainers, Airtel, ITC, Reliance drag

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08 Jun 2022, 02:58:51 PM IST

Sensex slides 250 points; SBI, Tata Steel, Titan, TCS rally, Airtel, ITC, Reliance drag

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08 Jun 2022, 02:46:23 PM IST

Aluminium futures rise on fresh bets

Aluminium prices on Wednesday increased by 0.96 per cent to 237.35 per kilogram in futures trade as speculators built up fresh positions amid a positive trend in spot market.

On the Multi Commodity Exchange, aluminium contracts for June delivery increased by 2.25 or 0.96 per cent to 237.35 per kg in a business turnover of 2,717 lots.

Analysts said fresh positions created by traders amid demand from consumer industries, supported aluminium prices in futures market.

08 Jun 2022, 02:46:04 PM IST

Cottonseed oil futures fall on soft demand

Cottonseed oil cake prices on Wednesday declined by 15 to 2,841 per quintal in futures trade as participants reduced their bets tracking a weak trend in spot market.

On the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, cottonseed oil cake for June delivery fell by 15 or 0.53 per cent to 2,841 per quintal with an open interest of 52,460 lots.

Analysts said sell-off by participants at existing levels amid subdued trend in market mainly weighed on cottonseed oil cake prices.

08 Jun 2022, 02:45:43 PM IST

Copper futures gain on robust demand

Copper prices on Wednesday increased by 0.19 per cent to 796.85 per kilogram in the futures market on the back of higher spot demand.

On the Multi Commodity Exchange, copper contracts for delivery in June traded higher by 1.50 or 0.19 per cent at 796.85 per kg in a business turnover of 3,717 lots.

Analysts attributed the rise in copper prices to the raising of bets by participants.

08 Jun 2022, 02:45:25 PM IST

Crude oil futures gain on spot demand

Crude oil prices on Wednesday rose by 176 to 9,345 per barrel as participants widened positions on a firm spot demand.

On the Multi Commodity Exchange, crude oil for June delivery traded higher by 176 or 1.92 per cent at 9,345 per barrel in 12,805 lots.

Analysts said the raising of bets by participants kept crude oil prices higher in futures trade.

08 Jun 2022, 02:44:57 PM IST

Guar gum futures gain on spot demand

Guar gum prices on Wednesday gained 93 to 11,117 per five quintals in futures trade as speculators increased their holdings on spot demand.

On the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, guar gum contracts for June delivery traded higher by 93 or 0.84 per cent at 11,117 per five quintals with an open interest of 12,905 lots.

Analysts said after tracking firm physical market trend, traders raised their bets which led to the rise in guar gum prices.

08 Jun 2022, 02:44:26 PM IST

World shares mixed after wobbly rally on Wall Street

European markets opened mostly lower Wednesday after a day of gains in Asia as investors awaited greater clarity on where interest rates, inflation and economies are heading.

Germany's DAX slipped 0.3% to 14,517.96 while the CAC 40 in Paris shed 0.2% to 6,489.76. Britain's FTSE 100 was little changed at 7,602.22. The futures for the S&P 500 and the Dow industrials were 0.4% lower.

“Equities are drifting lower as the broader narrative remains unchanged, with peak inflation optimism meeting increasingly hawkish pivots from central banks," Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management said in a commentary.

In Asian trading, Hong Kong shares surged 2.2% to 22,014.59 on heavy buying of shares in Chinese technology companies after Beijing approved a new batch of video games. That was seen as a sign the business outlook for tech companies is improving after a prolonged regulatory crackdown.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 1% to 28,234.29 after Japan reported its economy contracted at a lower pace than earlier reported in the January-March quarter, shrinking 0.5% instead of 1%. The latest data showed consumer spending was not as weak as earlier thought.

08 Jun 2022, 02:36:20 PM IST

European stocks slip; markets raise ECB rate hike bets

European stocks slipped on Wednesday and Wall Street futures were in the red as worries that central bank tightening will stifle global growth weighed on markets.

The World Bank on Tuesday slashed its global growth forecast by nearly a third to 2.9% for 2022, warning of a period of "feeble growth and elevated inflation", and U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told senators that she expected inflation to remain high.

Although Asian stocks strengthened overnight following Wall Street gains, market sentiment was volatile and European indexes were mostly down.

08 Jun 2022, 02:25:14 PM IST

Top stock picks: Pharma stocks to buy & hold as suggested by Sharekhan

The brokerage company Sharekhan has maintained its positive stance on pharma stocks, despite the fact that Q4FY2022 was a poor quarter for pharmaceutical companies, plagued by higher cost pressures as increased raw material costs and freight costs pulled down profitability.

08 Jun 2022, 02:20:57 PM IST

RBI hikes limit on OTP approval for auto-debits to ₹15,000

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday raised the limit for auto-debit mandates on recurring payments done through cards and UPI (Unified Payment Interface) to 15,000 from 5,000.

08 Jun 2022, 02:18:03 PM IST

Is down-trading a new concern for investors in paint stocks?

The picture is not pretty for investors in paint stocks amid rising competition and persistently high input cost inflation. The exact impact of the former on incumbents is yet to be known. As far as the latter is concerned, companies have taken several rounds of price hikes in FY22 to contain gross margin erosion.

08 Jun 2022, 02:16:04 PM IST

Mutual funds: Debt fund tweak you need after hawkish RBI policy

Mutual funds: Maintaining its hawkish stance on interest rate hike, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today announced to raise the repo rate by 50 bps leaving CRR unchanged. After this RBI policy announcement, investment experts are well convinced that Indian central bank's stance on inflation and interest rate is going to remain hawkish for short to medium term, which may require some tweak in one's mutual funds portfolio, especially in debt funds. They said that debt funds with short term view (not more than two year), should be preferred ahead of equity funds as ultra short and short term debt funds are expected to outperform equity mutual funds in upcoming 6 months to two years.

08 Jun 2022, 02:13:46 PM IST

How RBI repo rate hikes will impact your loan EMI? Explained

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to raise the repo rate by 50 bps to 4.9 per cent during its monetary policy meeting on June 8, 2022, following a 40-basis-point rise on May 4, 2022. The outcome will have a direct impact on loan borrowers who are intending to take out a car loan, a home loan, a personal loan or a gold loan in the near future since banks and NBFCs are anticipated to raise lending rates. Borrowers would have to pay higher EMIs as loans become more costly on the back of a rise in the repo rate.

08 Jun 2022, 02:09:59 PM IST

Power index struggles after Delhi-NCR bans coal from next year

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08 Jun 2022, 02:04:50 PM IST

Lupin gets USFDA nod for generic drug

Drug maker Lupin on Wednesday said it has received tentative approval from the US health regulator to market Ivacaftor tablets, used to treat cystic fibrosis, in America.

The company has received tentative approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for its abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for Ivacaftor tablets, 150 mg strength, Lupin said in a statement.

The product is the generic equivalent of Vertex Pharmaceuticals' Kalydeco tablets, it added.

The product will be manufactured at the company's Nagpur facility, the Mumbai-based drug maker said. As per IQVIA MAT March 2022 data, Ivacaftor tablets had estimated annual sales of USD 109 million in the US.

08 Jun 2022, 01:55:10 PM IST

RBI ‘finally’ joins the fight against inflation

The monetary policy committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) did what was expected of it and raised the repo rate by 50 basis points to 4.9%. Repo rate is the interest rate at which the RBI lends to banks. One basis point is one hundredth of a percentage. The hike is expected to push up interest rates in the overall economy and thus dampen demand and help control inflation.

08 Jun 2022, 01:42:40 PM IST

Ban on coal in Delhi-NCR from next year

The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has issued directions to ban the use of coal in industrial, domestic and other miscellaneous applications in the entire Delhi-NCR region from January 1, 2023.

08 Jun 2022, 01:25:37 PM IST

Top Sensex gainers in noon trade: MRPL, Hindustan Oil Exploration, ITD Cementation India rise 

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08 Jun 2022, 01:19:57 PM IST

BSE indices pare gains; Sensex off day's high, turn flat

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08 Jun 2022, 01:08:46 PM IST

Copper subdued as dollar strength offsets dwindling stocks

London copper prices edged lower on Wednesday, pressured by a firmer dollar, although demand optimism due to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in top consumer China and declining inventories offered support.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.2% at $9,680 a tonne, as of 0717 GMT.

The most-traded July copper contract in Shanghai ended daytime trading up 0.1% at 72,790 yuan ($10,911.24) a tonne.

08 Jun 2022, 01:01:56 PM IST

Upasna Bhardwaj of Kotak Mahindra Bank on RBI monetary policy 

The 50bps repo rate hike comes on the back of persistence of elevated inflation and the continued upside risks. Given that inflation is expected to remain above 6% through 3QFY23 , RBI has to frontload actions. We continue to see another 60-85bps hike in rest of FY23 to manage inflationary expectations.

08 Jun 2022, 12:56:09 PM IST

Views of Amar Ambani of YES Securities on RBI monetary policy

On the expected lines, RBI unanimously re-emphasized its endeavour to contain inflation through withdrawal of the accommodative stance and normalisation of the policy rates. 50bps hike in the repo rate was very much factored in the 10yr yields which moved above 7.5% before the policy outcome, only to retreat lower to 7.45%. Markets are taking respite from the fact that the central bank did not move on the CRR hike, as feared earlier. On inflation, RBI now sees CPI average for FY23 to 6.7%, 100bps higher than the earlier estimate, with the revision primarily attributed to food prices. CPI inflation is likely to remain above the tolerance level of 6% till December 2022 and fall to 5.8% in Q4 FY23. RBI emphasized that the recent fiscal measures have moderated the inflation expectations. However, the inflation projection seemed to be a conservative one, as it assumes Oil to have peaked out and monsoon rainfall to be a normal one. So, the CPI projections are subject to revisions, depending on the magnitude of the supply-side risks. On growth, RBI retains GDP growth for FY23 at 7.2%, emphasising improving aggregate demand and capacity utilization in manufacturing. On the policy rate outlook, the pronounced priority to combat inflation has paved the path for further rate hikes, with the repo rate seen proximal to 5.75% by the end of FY23.

08 Jun 2022, 12:40:51 PM IST

George Alexander Muthoot of Muthoot Finance on the RBI Monetary Policy announced today

In the light of the uncertainty of persisting geopolitical tensions, concerns over rising global inflation and escalation in global crude oil prices and other commodities, we had expected the RBI to hike interest rates in consonance with the recent off-cycle policy meeting. The RBI has further hiked the repo rate by 50bps to 4.9% and will be focused on 'withdrawal of accommodation' to ensure inflation remains within target going forward while supporting growth. RBI further retained its FY23 GDP forecast at 7.2% on the back of recovery in urban demand and improving rural demand conditions along with expectations of normal monsoon. The push from the government on capex and increase in capacity utilization is likely to bolster well domestic economic activity. The RBI has also reiterated that they will ensure adequate liquidity in the banking system for productive purposes of the economy. We are optimistic that with pick up in both urban and rural demand, there will be a pick-up in demand for gold loans in the industry in the upcoming quarters.

08 Jun 2022, 12:39:07 PM IST

Oil prices advance on low oil inventories expectation

Oil prices drifted higher on Wednesday, anticipating a report of low U.S. oil stocks, while expectations of solid demand in the upcoming driving season also lent support.

Brent crude futures for August were up 40 cents, or 0.3%, at $120.97 a barrel at 0649 GMT after closing on Tuesday at the highest since May 31.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude for July was at $120.01 a barrel, up 60 cents, or 0.5%, after reaching its highest settlement since March 8 in the previous session.

Analysts polled by Reuters expect data for last week to show another drawdown of U.S. crude inventories, although gasoline and distillates stocks could edge higher.

"The oil market is expected to remain tight as the supply side will continue to tell a story of low inventories. Crude oil inventories will likely post more draws as driving season and vacationing heats up," OANDA analyst Edward Moya said in a note.

08 Jun 2022, 12:34:45 PM IST

Bonds Rally in India as Das Promises to Support Borrowing Plan

Bonds in India rallied, led by the short-end after the monetary authority refrained from withdrawing cash from the banking system and assured markets it would support the government’s record-borrowing program.

The yield on four-year bonds fell as much as 15 basis points to 7.12% while the 10-year debt also declined by eight basis points to 7.44%. Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das said the central bank would take all steps needed to ensure an orderly completion of the borrowing plan, without giving details.

“Gains on the shorter end are more because now traders are not expecting rates to be hiked at as fast a pace as the last three months," said Vijay Sharma, senior executive vice president at PNB Gilts. “It was a hawkish policy, but slightly less than what the market was expecting."

Yields on benchmark 10-year bonds hit a three-year high this week amid surging crude prices and a renewed rise in US yields. They are already up over 100 basis points this year. New Delhi plans to sell a record 14.31 trillion rupees of bonds this fiscal year.

08 Jun 2022, 12:33:15 PM IST

Asian shares mostly higher after wobbly rally on Wall St

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after U.S. stocks rallied on heavy buying of technology companies. Advancing Chinese technology shares also pushed Hong Kong sharply higher.

Benchmarks likewise rose in other regional markets. Oil prices remained near $120 per barrel.

Investors are waiting for more clarity on where interest rates, inflation and economies are heading.

Japan's economy contracted at a 0.5% annual rate in the first quarter amid a major outbreak of coronavirus, the Cabinet Office reported. That was smaller than the 1.0% contraction in the preliminary estimate. The latest data showed consumer spending and other private demand was not as weak as earlier thought.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index gained 1% to 28,234.29 while the Kospi in South Korea was little changed at 2,626.14. In Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.4% to 7,121.10.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index jumped 2.1% to 21,987.92 as Chinese technology stocks surged after Beijing approved a new batch of video games. That was seen as a sign the business outlook for tech companies is improving after a prolonged regulatory crackdown.

The Shanghai Composite index reversed early losses, gaining 0.5% to 3,259.24.

08 Jun 2022, 11:56:57 AM IST

Bank stocks rise after RBI announces rate hike

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08 Jun 2022, 11:26:19 AM IST

Realty index surges over 2% after RBI hikes repo rate

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08 Jun 2022, 11:15:07 AM IST

RBI retains GDP growth at 7.2%, inflation projected at 6.7% for FY 2022-23

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) retained the real GDP projection of 7.2 per cent for the year FY 2022-23.

Addressing a press conference following a three-day meeting of the RBI's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday announced that the inflation is now projected at 6.7 per cent.

"RBI has retained the real GDP projection of 7.2 per cent for the year FY 2022-23. With Q1 at 16.2 per cent, Q2 6.2 per cent, Q3 at 4.1 per cent and Q4 at 4 per cent with risk broadly balanced," the RBI Governor said in a press conference here.

Citing the provisional estimates released by the National Statistical Office on May 31, Das said India's GDP growth ins 2021-22 is estimated at 8.7 per cent which has exceeded the pre-pandemic, that is, 2019-20 level.

With the assumption of a normal monsoon, in 2022 and the average crude oil price in the Indian basket of 105 dollars per barrel, the RBI Governor said inflation is now projected at 6.7 per cent in 2022-23.

"Limits for individual housing loans extended by urban cooperative banks and rural cooperative banks, last fixed in 2011 and 2009 respectively, being revised upwards by over 100 per cent taking into account increase in house prices. It'll facilitate a better flow of credit to the housing sector," he said.

08 Jun 2022, 11:05:44 AM IST

Sensex trades in the green led by banks and financials, gains over 130 points

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08 Jun 2022, 11:01:00 AM IST

Bond yields rise after RBI hikes rate

India's benchmark 10-year bond yield briefly jumped to 7.562%, its highest since March 14, 2019, before trading at 7.50% after the policy decision. The rupee was at 77.6925 against the dollar.

"The 50-bp repo rate hike comes on the back of persistently elevated inflation and continued upside risks," said Upasna Bhardwaj, chief economist at Kotak Mahindra Bank.

"Given that inflation is expected to remain above 6% through 3QFY23, the RBI has to front-load actions. We continue to see another 60-85 bp hikes in rest of FY23 to manage inflationary expectations."

08 Jun 2022, 10:50:35 AM IST

Yash Gupta of Angel One on RBI MPC policy outcome

As expected, the repo rate was hiked by 50 bps to 4.90%. After the commentary of the RBI governor last month, the market has already expected a rate hike of 50bps in the June meeting. So now the RBI has taken a decision on the rate hike of 50bps. We believe that this rate hike is already priced in the market. Along with this bank, rates have also increased by 50bps to 5.15%, and withdrawal of the accommodative stance for the Indian economy.

A good takeaway for the market is that RBI has retained the GDP forecast of 7.2% for FY2023 and CPI inflation is expected to be at 6.7% for FY2023.

Overall the policy is in the expectation of the market, a 50bps rate hike is already priced in the market now the market focus will be on the Fed rate hike.

08 Jun 2022, 10:48:58 AM IST

RBI proposes to link credit cards to UPI platforms: Governor Das

08 Jun 2022, 10:46:42 AM IST

India hikes interest rates 50 basis points to fight inflation

India's central bank on Wednesday hiked rates for a second time, as Asia's third-largest economy reels from galloping inflation in the wake of the Ukraine war.

The Reserve Bank of India raised its key repo rate by 50 basis points to 4.90 percent, a month after kicking off an aggressive monetary tightening cycle with a surprise 0.4 percentage point lift in May.

"The war in Europe is lingering and we are facing newer challenges each passing day," Bank governor Shaktikanta Das said in a televised address, pointing to higher food and fuel prices.

He added that inflation was a global problem but emerging economies were facing "bigger challenges", with market turbulence following monetary policy shifts in advanced economies.

08 Jun 2022, 10:34:11 AM IST

RBI focussed on orderly government borrowing programme: Governor

08 Jun 2022, 10:33:12 AM IST

The central bank has decided to raise MSF Rate & Bank rate to 5.15% from 4.65%, said Governor Das

08 Jun 2022, 10:30:45 AM IST

India raises rates for second straight month to tackle racing inflation

The Reserve Bank of India's key interest rate was raised by 50 basis points on Wednesday as widely expected, in the second hike in as many months, in a bid to cool persistently high inflation.

The monetary policy committee (MPC) raised the key lending rate or the repo rate by 50 basis points (bps) to 4.90%.

The Standing Deposit Facility rate and the Marginal Standing Facility Rate were adjusted higher by the same quantum to 4.65% and 5.15%, respectively.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das had said a June 8 move was a "no brainer". But analysts polled by Reuters had been divided over how much it would hike, with forecasts ranging between 25 and 75 bps.

Wednesday's increase follows a 40-bps rise in early May at an unscheduled meeting that kicked off the central bank's tightening cycle, which economists expect to be relatively short.

"Upside risks to inflation as highlighted in last policy meetings have materialized earlier than expected," Das said after the policy decision.

He said inflation will likely remain above the RBI's upper tolerance band in the first three quarters of the financial year that started on April 1.

Retail inflation in April accelerated to 7.79% from a year earlier, above the RBI's tolerance band for inflation of 2% to 6% for a fourth month in a row, and a further rise in global prices of crude oil, food and other commodities is expected to keep up the upward pressure.

The price spikes have hammered consumer spending and darkened the near-term outlook for India's economic growth, which slowed to the lowest in a year in the first three months of 2022.

India's central bank maintained its growth projection at 7.2% for 2022/23.

08 Jun 2022, 10:29:04 AM IST

Our steps will be calibrated, focussed on bringing down inflation to target level: RBI Governor (PTI)

08 Jun 2022, 10:22:12 AM IST

Metals shine after RBI hikes repo rate by 50 bps, gains over 0.8%

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08 Jun 2022, 10:19:35 AM IST

RBI MPC announcement: FY23 retail inflation expected at 6.7% 

08 Jun 2022, 10:18:33 AM IST

GDP growth forecast

RBI retains FY23 GDP growth forecast at 7.2%

08 Jun 2022, 10:11:54 AM IST

RBI MPC announcement: The central bank unanimously decides to keep policy stance withdrawal of accommodation

08 Jun 2022, 10:10:42 AM IST

RBI MPC announcement: Repo rate still below pre-pandemic levels, says Governor Das

08 Jun 2022, 10:09:23 AM IST

RBI MPC announcement: Inflation to remain above tolerance level for first three quarters of FY23, says Das

08 Jun 2022, 10:07:12 AM IST

RBI MPC announcement: The central bank increased the repo rate by 50 bps to 4.90%

08 Jun 2022, 10:05:26 AM IST

RBI MPC announcement: Indian economy resilient, says Shaktikanta Das

08 Jun 2022, 09:50:53 AM IST

RBI likely to hike repo rate today. What you need to know

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will be announcing the outcome of its June policy meeting today and Governor Shaktikanta Das is widely expected to increase the repo rate again to contain soaring inflation, after an off-cycle hike last month.

08 Jun 2022, 09:49:58 AM IST

Rupee gains 9 paise to 77.69 against US dollar in early trade ahead of RBI policy outcome

The rupee strengthened by 9 paise to 77.69 against the US dollar in opening trade on Wednesday, ahead of the Reserve Bank of India's monetary policy decision.

A weak trend in domestic equities, surging crude oil prices and unabated foreign fund outflows capped the appreciation bias of the rupee, forex dealers said.

The RBI's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is slated to announce its policy decision later in the day.

At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened strong at 77.70 against the US dollar, then gained further ground to quote 77.69, registering a rise of 9 paise over the last close.

In the previous session, the rupee had closed at a record 77.78 against the US dollar.

08 Jun 2022, 09:49:37 AM IST

Experts believe RBI to hike repo rate by 25-50 basis points

Amid rising inflation concerns in the economy, all eyes are on today's Monetary Policy Meeting outcome as experts believe that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to increase the repo rate by 25 to 50 basis points (BPS).

RBI will announce the credit policy at 10 am today.

08 Jun 2022, 09:48:43 AM IST

Indian shares struggle for direction ahead of RBI rate decision

Indian shares swung between gains and losses on Wednesday ahead of a widely expected rate hike decision by the central bank, which is trying to bring down inflation from an eight-year high while also keeping an eye on slowing economic growth.

The NSE Nifty 50 index was down 0.06% at 16,411.20, as of 0349 GMT, while the S&P BSE Sensex fell 0.03% to 55,094.84.

After an unscheduled 40 basis point repo rate hike in May to 4.40%, economists polled by Reuters expect the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to raise it by 25 to 75 basis points on Wednesday.

08 Jun 2022, 09:33:46 AM IST

Day trading guide for Wednesday

4 stocks to buy today — 8th June

08 Jun 2022, 09:28:31 AM IST

Nifty50 at open: Trades flat, remains around 16,400; ONGC, SBI Life, Tata Steel top gainers, Britannia, Nestle India top losers

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08 Jun 2022, 09:26:12 AM IST

Sensex turns flat after opening marginally higher

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08 Jun 2022, 09:18:41 AM IST

Sensex at open: Trades marginally higher as investors remain cautious ahead of RBI policy decision today

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08 Jun 2022, 09:13:41 AM IST

Nifty50 at pre-open: Trades above 16,450; M&M, Tata Steel top gainers, PowerGrid top loser

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08 Jun 2022, 09:11:35 AM IST

Sensex at pre-open: Jumps close to 250 points ahead of RBI's policy decision; M&M, Titan, Infosys shine

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08 Jun 2022, 08:49:11 AM IST

LIC shares dip 3.15%; hit a new record low of ₹751 on Tuesday

Share price of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) slumped to a new record low of 751 on Tuesday, which is over 20 per cent down from its IPO issue price of 949.

At the BSE, Life Insurance Corporation of India's shares closed 3.15 per cent down at 752.90 against its previous day's close at 777.40.

LIC share price hit a record low of 751 in the intra-day. The scrip also hit a record closing low of 752.90.

There has been a consistent decline in the share price of the government-run insurer. Life Insurance Corporation of India shares got listed on the stock exchanges on May 17. Since its listing, the scrip has closed in the positive four sessions. For the rest of the days, it witnessed selling pressure.

08 Jun 2022, 08:44:09 AM IST

World Bank cuts India's economic growth forecast to 7.5% for FY23

The World Bank on Tuesday cut India's economic growth forecast for the current fiscal to 7.5 per cent as rising inflation, supply chain disruptions and geopolitical tensions taper recovery.

This is the second time that the World Bank has revised its GDP growth forecast for India in the current fiscal 2022-23 (April 2022 to March 2023). In April, it had trimmed the forecast from 8.7 per cent to 8 per cent and now it is projected at 7.5 per cent.

The GDP growth compares to an 8.7 per cent expansion in the previous 2021-22 fiscal.

"In India, growth is forecast to edge down to 7.5 percent in the fiscal year 2022/23, with headwinds from rising inflation, supply chain disruptions, and geopolitical tensions offsetting buoyancy in the recovery of services consumption from the pandemic," the World Bank said in its latest issue of the Global Economic Prospects.

08 Jun 2022, 08:39:57 AM IST

World Bank downgrades 2022 global growth forecast to 2.9%, warns of stagflation risk

The global economy is on track to grow by 2.9 percent in 2022, down 1.2 percentage points from the January projection, the World Bank Group said in its latest Global Economic Prospects released on Tuesday, warning of stagflation risk.

Compounding the damage from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war has magnified the slowdown in the global economy, which is entering what could become a protracted period of feeble growth and elevated inflation, the report said.

This raises the risk of stagflation, with potentially harmful consequences for middle- and low-income economies alike, according to the report.

Global growth is expected to slump from 5.7 per cent in 2021 to 2.9 per cent in 2022 and hover around that pace over 2023-2024, the report showed.

08 Jun 2022, 08:26:06 AM IST

RBI likely to hike policy interest rates; raise inflation forecast today

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to hike the policy repo rate by 40 basis points to 4.80 per cent on Wednesday and increase the inflation forecast for the current fiscal to above 6 per cent from its earlier projection of 5.7 per cent, according to market analysts and economists.

The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the RBI is certain to hike the policy interest rates as inflation has remained above the central bank's tolerance limit for the past several months.

In a recent interview, RBI Governor Das said that the expectation of rate hikes in June is a "no-brainer".

While the rate hike is certain, as RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das had indicated last month, the question remains on by how much?

"We expect the RBI to hike repo rate by 40 bps in the June policy meeting. However, we should be open for a rate hike between 35-50 bps hinging on how the MPC wants to reach the pre-pandemic repo rate of 5.15 per cent or around that mark by the end of August policy," said Suvodeep Rakshit, Senior Economist at Kotak Institutional Equities.

Last month, in its off-cycle monetary policy review the central bank hiked the policy repo rate by 40 basis points or 0.40 per cent to 4.4 per cent. This was the first increase in the policy repo rate in nearly two years. The repo rate is the interest rate at which the RBI lends short-term funds to banks.

Inflation has been above the RBI's 2-6 per cent target band since the beginning of this year.As per the latest available data, India's Consumer Price Index (CPI) based inflation surged to an eight-year high of 7.79 per cent in April. It has been above 6 per cent since January 2022.

08 Jun 2022, 08:10:58 AM IST

Gold investors in wait-and-see mode before U.S. CPI data

Gold prices were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited the U.S. inflation report this week for further cues on the economy as central banks worldwide seek to cool surging prices.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,850.41 per ounce, as of 0037 GMT, while U.S. gold futures added 0.1% to $1,853.30.

* The World Bank on Tuesday slashed its global growth forecast by nearly a third to 2.9% for 2022, warning that Russia's invasion of Ukraine has compounded the damage from the COVID-19 pandemic, and many countries now faced recession.

* The U.S. trade deficit narrowed by the most in nearly 9-1/2 years in April as exports jumped to a record high, putting trade on course to contribute to economic growth this quarter.

08 Jun 2022, 08:07:24 AM IST

Oil prices inch higher ahead of U.S. inventories data

Oil prices edged up on Wednesday ahead of data on U.S. oil inventories, with crude futures supported by tight supplies and recovering fuel demand as China's top cities relax COVID-19 curbs.

Brent crude futures for August rose 22 cents, or 0.2%, to $120.79 a barrel by 0012 GMT after closing at the highest since May 31 on Tuesday.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude for July was at $119.65 a barrel, up 24 cents, or 0.2%, after reaching its highest settlement since March 8 on Tuesday.

Analysts polled by Reuters expect another drawdown of U.S. crude inventories in data for last week although gasoline and distillates stocks could edge higher.

08 Jun 2022, 07:44:32 AM IST

Stocks rally as uncertainties keep Wall Street wobbly

U.S. stocks rallied Tuesday as Treasury yields eased, but Wall Street remains wobbly as investors wait for more clarity on where interest rates, inflation and the economy are heading.

The S&P 500 climbed 39.25 points, or 1%, to 4,160.68 after reversing a morning loss of 1%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 264.36 points, or 0.8%, to 33,180.14 after it also bounced between losses and gains throughout the day. The Nasdaq composite gained 113.86 points, or 0.9%, to 12,175.23.

Gains by Apple, Microsoft and other technology stocks were some of the biggest forces lifting the market. They benefited from a drop in Treasury yields, with the 10-year yield falling back below 3%. Lower yields in recent years have emboldened investors to pay higher prices for stocks, particularly companies that are growing quickly.

Stocks of energy producers also jumped as oil prices rose to roughly $120 per barrel, up more than 55% for the year so far. Exxon Mobil climbed 4.6%, and ConocoPhillips added 4.5%.

08 Jun 2022, 07:40:14 AM IST

Tokyo stocks open higher, extending US gains

Tokyo stocks opened higher on Wednesday, tracking Wall Street rallies, with a cheap yen giving some support to exporters.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was up 0.61 percent, or 169.99 points, at 28,113.94, while the broader Topix index was up 0.45 percent, or 8.71 points, at 1,955.74.

Investors in Tokyo "are likely to test the ceiling of today's trade" and actively buy after rallies on Wall Street, Okasan Online Securities said in a note.

"A sense of short-term overheating will be offset by the yen's depreciation against the dollar," it added.

The dollar fetched 132.80 in early Asian trade, against 132.62 yen in New York late Tuesday.

08 Jun 2022, 07:39:54 AM IST

Hong Kong stocks begin on front foot

Hong Kong shares started Wednesday with a big gain following a strong lead from Wall Street, with tech firms again seeing huge buying interest on hopes a long-running crackdown on the sector by China is coming to an end.

The Hang Seng Index jumped 1.19 percent, or 257.22 points, to 21,788.89.

The Shanghai Composite Index added 0.10 percent, or 3.25 points, to 3,245.02, while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China's second exchange ticked up 0.06 percent, or 1.30 points, to 2,073.88.

08 Jun 2022, 07:32:30 AM IST

Stocks rise after yields retreat; Yen drop deepens

Stocks in Asia rose Wednesday after gains in US equities and as a pullback in bond yields provided some respite for investors fretting that higher rates will slow down growth.

An MSCI Inc. gauge of Asia-Pacific shares advanced led by Hong Kong and Japan. China was little changed. US futures slipped after the S&P 500 wiped out last week’s losses with back-to-back advances and the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 also climbed.

Treasury yields edged higher. The long end of the Treasury curve led a rally, pushing 10-year yields below the 3% level and flattening the curve as Target Corp.’s latest profit forecast underscored a grim outlook for US consumer spending. Shorter-dated maturities lagged, weighed by weak demand at an auction. A dollar gauge rose, while the yen dipped further after sliding to a 20-year low.

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