India’s Rupee traded almost unchanged against the US dollar (USD/INR) following the RBI interest rate decision. At the interbank market, the value of Rupee depreciated by 7 paise settling down -0.09% at 71.25 against the US dollar. However, the USD/INR exchange rate was seen trading on Thursday within a trading range of 71.28 and 71.08.
The Reserve Bank of India kept the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 5.15% amid increased concerns due to higher inflation and increased fiscal deficit. All MPC members voted unanimously to keep the status quo on policy rates. At the same time, the RBI revised upwardly its inflation forecast to 6.5% for the final quarter of FY 2019-2020 and between a range of 5.4%-5.0% for the first half of FY2021.
The six-member committee kept the economic growth forecast unchanged at 5.0% for the current fiscal year respectively at 6.0% for the next fiscal year starting April 1.
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The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of major currencies, closed up for the fourth consecutive day settling up 0.22% at 98.48.
Elsewhere, foreign institutional investors (FIIS) were net sellers of shares in the local equity market worth Rs -560.36 crore; according to the National Stock Exchange of India data published at the end of Thursday’s trading session. On the other hand, Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) were net buyers of equities worth Rs 304.01 crore.
The domestic benchmark equity index NIFTY 50 continued to point upwards and posted gains for 4 consecutive days. On Thursday, the local equity market settled up 0.40% at 12137.95. However, during early Asia trading hours on Friday, Indian shares were down 0.31% at 12,100.90.
The Indian 10-year government bond yield was seen quoted at 6.42% in morning trade compared with its previous close of 6.45%.