Bank Policy Tuesday: RGR raises rates to 8% on Repo and 7% on Rev Repo

Maintaining the Channel at 1% and the CRR at 4% , the third quarter policy will go down well if markets in credit ( inter bank markets) continue to gravitate to reverse repo rates for borrowing in lieu of improved liquidity. Most hawkish analysts would improve their forecasts of rate hikes basis the new policy implemented in the third quarter. Our day’s review of Urjit Patel recos shows it is unlikely to be in an implementable form for some time and cannot be proposed into active roster during FY15 and probably FY16, but then it is a function of Central politics in 6 months from now

The Macro review admits to a loss of grow momentum. CPI declined as food groups obliged WPI at a four month low and the report notes the mall uptick in Cre inflation which is still very much below a healthy 2%

Hardening prices of services and key intermediates seen in conjunction with rising bank credit, increase in order books, pick-up in capacity utilisation and the decline in inventories of raw materials and finished goods in relation to sales suggests that aggregate demand pressures are still imparting an upside to overall inflation.

Policy stance incorporates the glide path to CPI envisaged in the UPA report in six months

Term repos were conducted in the later weeks of January despite Advance Tax payments to improve liq after Government Balances rose. Trade deficit is down by 25% in nine months. CAD has been forecast below 2.5% in March and CPI(Combined) expected to be ranging 7.5-8.5% at the end of the fiscal and FY15 before the next target of 6% kicks in.

The GDP fan shows a 4-7% range by Q4 FY 15 with expectations of growth from agri included in the RBI prognosis, forgoing their choice of a sticky move in Repo rates north to 8%. However the new Governor does admit this was an on the edge decision leaving further moves to the south probably open if his version of noise in the inflation is rested appropriately further, and improving chances of holding at 8% on the Repo rate and 9% on the MSF. On the whole, post policy action is still likely to raise interest rates in the Indian Economy now prior to the returning of the miracle grow / prodigal (not RGR reference obviously) though banks may not raise lending or deposit rates and Transmission issues remain with Banks using excess liquidity in borrowing from LAF for investments(govt borrowings/adjustment auctions)

Import controls, mostly on Gold brought CAD 1.2% in Q2 and the liquidity measures on Sept 5 , rejuvenating post impact from the currency crisis resulted in inflows of $9.1 Bn in equities and $14.1 Bln outflows in the Debt segment till Mid November (since May) were balanced apparently by $3.8 Bln in inflows in Debt since

MSF rate was only brought down by 150 bp since with elevated inflation expectations resulting in a repo hike of 50 p till now, which is likely achieved objective but still leaves the threat of increasing repo rates out, we would say another 50 b p is ready in the bag assuming yields travel to 8.5% , which would have been stable conditions this policy but are likely to be six months out from here given normal growth henc as yields likely move back to the 9 benchmark in the intervening period

Markets dipped on worries of UPA report making it and the unexpected rate hike before biting the bullet at 6130 levels during the presser.

India Morning Report: The lack of political prowess of the Nitish Modis and the NaMos, Advanis and Dear Rahul!

The General Post Office and Reserve Bank of In...
The General Post Office and Reserve Bank of India building from across Lal Dighi in B.B.D.Bagh, Calcutta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

India Morning Report: And after 5600, is 5500 ..then 5400, 5300, 5100, 4900, 4500, and on it goes pegging poor buyers..

That would be one loose definition of retail investors currently ready to be pegged as not so germaine and India being resilient and a winning post even as RGR takes the board at the Reserve Bank of India. Vallabh Bhansali tried a valiant effort while MF managers ( again to be free non academic and interested in discussing with the educated layman who has other professions to tend) can be loosely ascribed as the educated investors’ abode and banks as continuing bulwarks of pressure for enterprise even as the NPA saga will not bleed anew but will extend its lasting periods well into 2016.

However if you do not ascribe to these notions as a first party or as third party notions of whats ailing india, which we would happily accept is not so, coalition politics to come and the lack of political prowess of the Nitish Modis and the NaMos, Advanis and Dear Rahul are going to cost India inc dear. One of course does not mean this as a crutch of benefits of stable seating charts at the RBI here but the ailments of the system will not be solved by monetary policy and one sees , like the continued selling of infracos and infra NBFCs even as banks rebound on the news of the new Chicago educated governor taking over (Deepak Parekh also was prominent among those welcoming the change). Fixed income Yields and more promisingly CDS spreads could respond to the timely change of regime at the Reserve Bank

Beautiful Gold Jewelry Designs from Golden India
Beautiful Gold Jewelry Designs from Golden India (Photo credit: epSos.de)

JLR results will be down this term, the defensives have been hit hard with HUL and ITC responding negativey to being tagged defensives after just having broken into growth on the trendline for the 3rd time together in a decade. Its a wonder SESA Goa , Sterlite and Tata steel are still falling sharply and that just means the market is unlikely to quit correcting till the CAD measures yet to be invented by us or experienced Economists like RGR and CRA (Rangarajan) are implemented to sustain the Rupee. Pharma and IT, the big white hope of those living and operating other Indian businesses from outside India, hardly seem geared for growth, most sticking to just small additions fom conversions of Fx and Exports though a stable share not growing fr pharma including the continuing risers in Stride Arcolabs o rthe youngest pig to the slaughter , Torrent even as Glenmark and not Sun pharma look great investments for the future

DIIs are still not biting and rates will be hiked sooner than later even as RGR tries to keep the bridge between the politicos facing elections and rolling out the first entitlements bill (in cash).Imagining Jet Airways at 300 levels while celebrating the final inking of a 24% stake from Etihad would have been unlikely even for those who started 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years ago.

The Sensex could not keep its morning cues intact going into the 11 AM post morning session and may sjow one more steep eigenvalue of fall on th Nifty and Sensex even befor the weekend comes but then it is becoming likelier at these levels after 12 sessions that the markets will not be freshly bet short and that this time means you should take one big short but it is improbably improbable that from here the hedge you take in buying the Banknifty will possibly probably and without virtual nanobots, make likely more money in the period to August end of series. So, come ray with me the markets last at 5500

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