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Mkts tumble 1% after RBI policy

Rate sensitive banking and financial services, auto, realty and commodity shares remained under pressure, while energy and IT shares advanced

Indias market capitalisation will likely touch $10 trillion by 2030

India's market capitalisation will likely touch $10 trillion by 2030

Mumbai: Benchmark stock indices Sensex and Nifty tanked around one per cent on Thursday dragged by selling in banking and auto shares due to increased uncertainty about the timing of interest rate cuts after the RBI’s monetary policy decision.

Erasing all its early gains, the 30-share BSE Sensex fell by 723.57 points or one per cent to settle at 71,428.43. The barometer slipped into red after the announcement of the RBI monetary policy and hit a low of 71,230.62 thereafter, reflecting a loss of 921.38 points or 1.27 per cent. The Nifty shed 212.55 points or 0.97 per cent to settle at 21,717.95.

Rate sensitive banking and financial services, auto, realty and commodity shares remained under pressure, while energy and IT shares advanced. The RBI Monetary Policy Committee on Thursday decided to keep policy rate unchanged for the sixth time in a row in view of global uncertainty and the need to bring down retail inflation to four per cent. The RBI also maintained its ‘withdrawal of accommodative stance’.

“Though FY25 GDP growth forecast has improved, the RBI remains vigilant on inflation & banking liquidity. The incomplete transmission of the cumulative 250 bps and the inflation ruling above the target level add uncertainty about the timing of the interest rate reduction. The ripple effect was seen in the government 10 yr yield, which inched higher. A large pocket of the market slid into red like FMCG, banks, and auto. FMCG was impacted more by weak Q3 result and downgrade in volume growth, in the near-term, due to weak rural demand,” said Vinod Nair, head (research), Geojit Financial Services.

“The policy was largely on expected lines, but preferred to remain cautious,” said Parijat Agrawal, head (fixed income), Union Asset Management Company Pvt Ltd.

“Nifty experienced a sharp decline as follow-up selling emerged following profit booking in the previous trading session. However, on the lower end, it found initial support at the 20DMA,” added Rupak De, senior technical analyst, LKP Securities.

Among sectoral indices, FMCG declined by 2 per cent and bankex fell by 1.80 per cent. Financial services (1.46 per cent), commodities (1.13 per cent), auto (0.94 per cent) and realty (0.73 per cent) also closed lower. Energy, IT, telecommunication, utilities and teck were the gainers. Of the total shares traded, as many as 2,204 stocks declined while 1,636 advanced and 105 remained unchanged. Among the Sensex firms, ITC, Kotak Mahindra Bank, ICICI Bank, Nestle, Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, UltraTech Cement, Bajaj Finance, Maruti and HDFC Bank were the major laggards. State Bank of India, PowerGrid, Tata Consultancy Services, HCL Technologies and Reliance Industries were among the gainers. In the broader market, the BSE smallcap gauge declined 0.44 per cent while midcap index went up by 0.08 per cent.

In Asian markets, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai settled in the positive territory while Hong Kong ended lower. European markets were trading in the green. The US markets ended with gains on Wednesday.

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