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RBI's liquidity shot lifts pharma, bank stocks; Sensex leaps 424 pts

The RBI's well guarded measures which, analysts believe, are tuned to the evolving situation may support the economy going forward

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SI Reporter  | New Delhi 

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Stock market updates: A prompt and timely monetary policy response by the Reserve Bank of India to the wrecking Covid-19 wave gave Indian equities a booster shot, lifting the benchmark indices 0.88 per cent higher on Wednesday. The RBI's well guarded measures which, analysts believe, are tuned to the evolving situation may support the economy going forward.

Earlier today, the apex bank announced a Covid-19 healthcare package of Rs 50,000 crore for vaccine makers, medical equipment suppliers, hospitals and patients in need of funds. Besides, individual borrowers and small businesses with loan outstanding of up to Rs 25 crore, and who did not avail for moratorium or restructuring relief last year, can ask for restructuring of their loans for up to 2 years. 

Furthermore, the RBI will also have a special long-term repo operation window for small finance banks, whereby the banks can borrow funds up to Rs 10,000 crore at repo rate for deploying for fresh loans SFBs, to be deployed for fresh lending of up to Rs 10 lakh per borrower. READ ABOUT IT HERE

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The announcements received a thumbs up from market participants who lapped up pharma and bank stocks. The Nifty Pharma index climbed over 4 per cent with individual stocks such as Lupin, Aurobindo Pharma, Cadila Healthcare, Sun Pharma, and Torrent Pharma soaring between 5 per cent and 14 per cent.

The Nifty Bank index, meanwhile, ended 1.6 per cent up. Individually, AU Small Finance Bank, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank, Equitas Small Finance Bank, Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, and ICICI Bank gained up to 4 per cent.

The Nifty Financial Services, IT, Auto, and Metal indices gained up to 1.3 per cent on the NSE. 

Overall, the benchmark S&P BSE closed the session at 48,677.5 levels, up 424 points or 0.88 per cent. In the intra-day trade, the 30-share barometer hit a high and low of 48,743 and 48,254, respectively.

On the NSE, the hit an intra-day high of 14,637 but shut shop at 14,618 levels, up 121 points or 0.84 per cent.

In the broader markets, the S&P BSE MidCap index settled over 1 per cent higher while the S&P BSE SmallCap index gained 0.7 per cent.

Global markets
European stocks bounced back on Wednesday after a sharp selloff in the previous session, helped by gains in commodity and banking stocks. The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 1.3 per cent, with the German DAX jumping 1.3 per cent and the UK's FTSE 100 gaining 1.1 per cent.

On Wall Street, futures of all three main indices were ruling up to 0.5 per cent higher.

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(With inputs from Reuters)

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