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Banking Stocks Climb After RBI Holds Rates Steady

Banking Stocks Climb After RBI Holds Rates Steady

Banking stocks witnessed a significant boost on December 8th, following the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) decision to maintain the repo rate at 6.5% for the fifth consecutive time. Major players like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, and Kotak Mahindra Bank climbed between 0.5% and 1% in early morning trading.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in its latest monetary policy review, has decided to keep the key interest rate unchanged for the fifth consecutive time.

The decision has been taken by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), led by the RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, after taking into account various economic indicators and factors.

The repo rate, which is the rate at which the central bank lends money to commercial banks, will remain at 6.5%. The committee has unanimously voted to maintain the status quo, citing concerns about a potential resurgence in inflation.
India’s economy is doing well, with the GDP having grown by 7.6% in the second quarter of this fiscal year. However, the MPC has noted that inflation continues to be a significant concern, as the retail inflation rate is still higher than the central bank’s target of 4%.

Economists and bankers largely welcomed the RBI’s decision to hold rates steady. Many believe that the central bank is taking a cautious approach in order to ensure that inflation remains under control.

However, some analysts also believe that the RBI may eventually need to cut rates in order to support economic growth.

The RBI’s decision is likely to have a significant impact on interest rates across the economy. Borrowers can expect to see little change in their loan rates, while depositors may see slightly higher interest rates on their savings accounts.

Here are some important responses to the decision made by the RBI:

 

Upasna Bhardwaj, Chief Economist, Kotak Mahindra Bank:

“We continue to expect prolonged pause by the MPC, with liquidity tools being more closely if necessary to manage the policy stance.”

Naveen Kulkarni, Chief Investment Officer, Axis Securities PMS:

“This development could make RBI maintain the status quo on rates in the upcoming meetings before considering rate cuts in the latter part of H1FY25. With the recent move by the RBI to increase risk weights on personal and credit card loans, we expect credit growth to slow down in these segments. The Retail and SME segment would lead to credit growth hereon. Pressures on margins for banks will continue.”

Overall, the RBI’s decision to hold rates steady suggests that the central bank is prioritizing price stability over economic growth in the near term.

This is likely to be a welcome development for investors who are concerned about the potential for higher inflation.

However, it may also mean that borrowers will have to wait for lower interest rates.

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