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India's Central Bank Hikes Rates By 50 Bps To Stem Inflation

The Reserve Bank of India, the Indian central bank, hiked the repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.4% as the Monetary Policy Committee agreed on the withdrawal of accommodation so that inflation remains within the target going forward while supporting growth.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das stated that external debt to GDP fell from 21.2 in March 2021 to 19.95 in March 2022. Das said that GDP growth for the year has been retained at 7.2% with Q1 growth at 16.2%, Q2 at 6.2%, Q3 at 4.1%, and Q4 at 4% with risks broadly balanced.

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At the same time, inflation is projected at 6.7% in 2022-23, he said.

Currency Movement: The rupee gained against the dollar on Friday after the central bank’s rate hike decision. The currency was trading at 79.05 as against the previous session’s close of 79.40.

Stock Movement: Benchmark indices traded in the green, with both the Nifty 50 and the Sensex trending 0.2% higher.

Benzinga’s Take: The 50 bps hike was on the upper end of the expected range and this has helped the Indian currency pare some of the losses it made during previous sessions, dragged by a widening trade deficit.

The RBI’s move is in line with global rate hike decisions and as far as the inflation remains above the targeted range, the rate hike cycle may be expected to continue.

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