Sensex Surges Over 800 Points After RBI Holds Rates Steady At Record Lows

Sensex Surges Over 800 Points After RBI Holds Rates Steady At Record Lows

The Indian equity benchmarks extended gains after the Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee held repo rate at record low of 4 per cent and maintained accommodative policy stance to support growth for as long as necessary. The Sensex rose as much as 862 points or 1.5 per cent and Nifty 50 index moved above its important psychological level of 17,400 led by gains in banking, financial services and information technology shares.

As of 10:11 am, the Sensex was up 820 points at 58,453 and Nifty 50 index climbed 238 points to 17,414.

RBI’s benchmark interest (repo) rate currently stands at 4 per cent and the reverse repo rate is at 3.35 per cent. The central bank has kept the key lending rates unchanged for ninth time.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said that the MPC voted unanimously to hold rates and maintain an accommodative stance as long as necessary to push growth while ensuring inflation remains under control.

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