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Markets turn choppy after RBI maintains status quo on policy rate

The S&P BSE Midcap and the S&P BSE Smallcap indices added 0.2% and 0.5%

SI Reporter  |  New Delhi 

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The benchmark indices continued to trade flat after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept the repurchase (repo) rate unchanged and reduced the Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR)  to 20% in its second bi-monthly monetary policy for financial year 2017-18.   

At 2:57 pm, the S&P BSE was trading at 31,259, up 69 points, while the broader Nifty50 was ruling at 9,655, up 18 points. 

In the broader market, the S&P BSE Midcap and the S&P BSE Smallcap indices added 0.2% and 0.5%, respectively. 

Stocks of the rate-sensitive sectors such as banking, and extended gains after policy outcome.

The index (up 0.7%) was the leading sectoral gainer. Indiabulls Real Estate, Sobha and HDIL gained the most on the index. 

The Bank rose 0.4%, led by gains in ICICI Bank, Bank of Baroda, PNB and State Bank of India, which gained in the range of 3-5%.

The index was trading 0.5% higher, with Bharat Forge, M&M and Eicher Motors gaining up to 2%. 

IT stocks hogged the limelight. The IT index (down 2.5%) was the lone sectoral loser. TCS, Tech Mahindra, HCL Tech and Wipro were the top losers on and shed up to 3% on the NSE. 

Overseas, European stocks were trading mixed as investors remained cautious ahead of Thursday's UK election and the European Central Bank's policy decision. 

The pan-European Stoxx 600 was 0.12 percent lower, while Britain's FTSE 100 and France's CAC 40 added 0.2% each.

First Published: Wed, June 07 2017. 14:58 IST