The key interest rate was left at 8%, untouched for the fourth consecutive time. The central bank said this was due to increased risks caused by inflation and the difficult external situation, especially on the geopolitical front.
The decision was largely in line with market expectations, but profit-taking appeared to put a lid on any gains. After a bit of a rollercoaster session, India’s benchmark indices closed flat from the previous day.
The Nifty, or India 50 Cash, had drifted above the psychological 8,000 level during the afternoon trade but failed to hold on to those gains. This was largely due to a drag from interest rate on sensitive stocks in the banking and property sector, which were weighed down by the RBI rate decision.
The central bank’s bi-monthly review coincides with the wrap up of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit. From the surface, it looks like a rather productive trip which set up a closer working relationship with the US.
Looking at the Nifty, we expect the bias to remain on the upside as long as it does not go below last week’s low of 7,928 points. The stock has been following an uptrend line since May. If the upward bias continues, it is likely to respect this line as a support level.
Ahead of the India Open
We are calling for the Nifty or India 50 Cash top open largely flat at 7,936 points.
A bounce should see it test a resistance of 8,180 points, which is also its all-time high. On the flipside, if it breaks below the support level of 7,900 points, it could signal the end of the trend and a possible breakout south toward the 7,500 point area.