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India Markets Weekahead: Time to start buying again

March 13, 2016

A screen displaying  Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presenting the budget is seen on a facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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India Markets Weekahead: Use gains to reshuffle portfolio

March 6, 2016

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A confluence of positive factors, both global and local, led to a sharp rally in Indian stocks. The budget did not have anything positive for markets but it put to rest fears of re-introduction of a long-term capital gains tax which was worrying investors for the past month. From the panic lows of 6,850 on budget day, the Nifty rallied to end the week almost 6.5 percent higher.

India Markets Weekahead: Build your portfolio as markets consolidate

October 4, 2015

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The Nifty closed a percent higher to end the truncated week at 7,951 after threatening to fall below crucial support levels prior to the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy review. The bigger-than-expected 50 bps repo rate cut surprised markets, resulting in a robust pull-back.

India Markets Weekahead: Buy into the consolidation

September 13, 2015

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Markets displayed a spirited bounce-back after nearly four weeks of decline with the Nifty closing at 7,789, or 1.7 percent higher, on the back of supportive global cues and several reforms by the government.

No economic case for another rate cut soon

July 30, 2015

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There is no doubt that India’s growth has not picked up in line with expectations. In fact, most activity indicators — whether it’s manufacturing growth, corporate earnings, power generation, passenger vehicle sales, exports growth or non-food credit offtake of commercial banks — have shown increasing weakness in recent months.

What next after RBI cuts rate for third time in 2015?

June 2, 2015

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan listens to a question during a news conference, after the bi-monthly monetary policy review, in MumbaiThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday cut its benchmark repo rate by 25 bps to 7.25 percent while maintaining the cash reserve ratio (CRR) steady at 4 percent and the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) at 21.5 percent.

Why the RBI’s 25 bps rate cut was too little

January 30, 2015

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Why the RBI should cut rates again

June 10, 2013

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In May, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had hesitatingly cut the repo rate by 0.25 percent, which made no impression on the stock market or commercial banks. That was because both expected the cut to be more substantial. But the RBI had not obliged.

Decoding Subbarao’s signals

May 7, 2013

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When Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Duvvuri Subbarao announced last week that the central bank was cutting its policy interest rate for the third time this year, he also made a statement that may well have been directed as much to watchers of the Indian economy as to its managers. His message to the government, originally coded in technocratic diplomacy: It’s time for you to do your share in reviving growth.