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from Expert Zone:

India Market Weekahead – Volatile market within a narrow range

(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

A sharper-than-expected cut of 50 basis points in the repo rate boosted the benchmark indices early during the week. However, as expected, the Nifty could not gain higher than 5350 as apprehensions about the limited scope of further rate cuts suppressed sentiment.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) sounded cautious as recent growth trends indicate the economy is operating below its post-crisis levels. We anticipate a very limited scope for further reduction in policy rates going ahead as persistent liquidity deficit would make rate cuts difficult. Also the upside risk to inflation remains and further slippage on the fiscal front can aggravate inflationary pressure.

Globally, the euro zone markets also witnessed positive action following a successful bond auction by Spain and France. Appetite for these bonds during such distress times renewed some hope of revival in that region.