Monday, September 23, 2013

Sensex falls more than 300 points; banking stocks hit

Reuters Market Eye - The BSE Sensex fell more than 1 percent while the Nifty lost nearly 2 percent percent on Monday, heading for a second consecutive day of declines, after Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan surprised markets in his maiden policy review on Friday by raising interest rates to ward off rising inflation.

The BSE Sensex was trading down more than 350 points while the broader Nifty fell over 120 points at 3.09 pm.

The RBI may raise policy rates again after shocking markets by increasing them in only his first meeting, signalling Rajan is willing to risk prolonging what is already the lowest economic growth in years in order to quash persistent inflation.

The NSE bank index fell 4.33 percent, adding to Friday\'s 4.1 percent slump.

ICICI Bank Ltd (ICBK.NS) fell 4.38 percent while State Bank of India Ltd (SBI.NS) was down 5 percent.

However, Titan Company Ltd (TITN.NS) gained 4.28 percent as India will start buying gold again after a two-month gap as the government and banks have agreed how new rules on imports should work, dealers say.
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