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MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

Nifty IT index settled 4.2 per cent higher led by gains in Tech Mahindra and Infosys. The Nifty Financial Services index too rose 2.3 per cent led by Indiabulls Housing Finance and HDFC

SI Reporter  |  New Delhi 

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The benchmark indices erased their day's losses and settled over 1.5 per cent higher after the finance ministry said that the autonomy of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was "essential", in an attempt to dampen a spat between the government and the central bank.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 34,442, up 551 points (1.6 per cent), while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,387, up 188 points(1.9 per cent).

Among the sectoral indices, Nifty IT index settled 4.2 per cent higher led by gains in Tech Mahindra and Infosys. The Nifty Financial Services index, too, rose 2.3 per cent led by Indiabulls Housing Finance and Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC).

The rupee, too, has partially recovered from its day's low and is back in the 73 per dollar-levels. The Indian currency has fell to 74.14 against US dollar in intra-day trade, down its previous close of 73.67 against the greenback.

Govt says RBI autonomy 'essential'

Finance ministry said on Wednesday the autonomy of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was "essential", in an attempt to dampen a spat between the government and the central bank.

"The autonomy of the central bank ... is an essential and accepted governance requirement," the ministry said in a statement. "Governments in India have nurtured and respected this."

The comments came after reports suggested that the RBI governor Urjit Patel was on the verge of resigning over the breakdown in relations with the government.

Global Markets

Asian stocks clawed up from 20-month lows on Wednesday amid pledges by China to support its markets, but investor confidence was brittle after equity markets bled trillions of dollars in a grim October.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1 percent, drawing support from gains on Wall Street overnight. Yet it was on track to fall around 11 percent this month, which would be its worst monthly performance since September 2011.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1 per cent on Wednesday and the Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.2 per cent as weaker-than-expected factory activity data reinforced views that Beijing will roll out more support measures for the economy.

Australian stocks ended 0.4 per cent higher, South Korea's KOSPI added 0.7 per cent. In Japan, the Nikkei advanced 2.2 per cent, reassured by the Bank of Japan's signal that it will keep its ultra-easy policy for some time to come.

(with Reuters input)

MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

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MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

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MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

Market At Close   The S&P BSE Sensex jumped 551 points or 1.63 per cent tp settle at 34,442 while NSE's Nifty50 index reclaimed the crucial 10,350 level to end at 10,387, up 188 points or 1.85 per cent. 

MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

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MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

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MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

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MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

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MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

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MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

RBI Governor Urjit Patel may not resign, calls board meeting on Nov 19 RBI Governor Urjit Patel may not resign as he has called a board meeting on November 19 to discuss the pending issues, which created a rift between the government and the central bank, in the previous meeting held last week.   Meanwhile, the finance ministry said on Wednesday that it respects the central bank's autonomy. READ MORE

MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

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MARKET WRAP: Sensex jumps 551 pts as govt assures RBI autonomy; HDFC up 6%

Nifty IT index settled 4.2 per cent higher led by gains in Tech Mahindra and Infosys. The Nifty Financial Services index too rose 2.3 per cent led by Indiabulls Housing Finance and HDFC

The benchmark indices erased their day's losses and settled over 1.5 per cent higher after the finance ministry said that the autonomy of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was "essential", in an attempt to dampen a spat between the government and the central bank.

The S&P BSE Sensex ended at 34,442, up 551 points (1.6 per cent), while the broader Nifty50 index settled at 10,387, up 188 points(1.9 per cent).

Among the sectoral indices, Nifty IT index settled 4.2 per cent higher led by gains in Tech Mahindra and Infosys. The Nifty Financial Services index, too, rose 2.3 per cent led by Indiabulls Housing Finance and Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC).

The rupee, too, has partially recovered from its day's low and is back in the 73 per dollar-levels. The Indian currency has fell to 74.14 against US dollar in intra-day trade, down its previous close of 73.67 against the greenback.

Govt says RBI autonomy 'essential'

Finance ministry said on Wednesday the autonomy of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was "essential", in an attempt to dampen a spat between the government and the central bank.

"The autonomy of the central bank ... is an essential and accepted governance requirement," the ministry said in a statement. "Governments in India have nurtured and respected this."

The comments came after reports suggested that the RBI governor Urjit Patel was on the verge of resigning over the breakdown in relations with the government.

Global Markets

Asian stocks clawed up from 20-month lows on Wednesday amid pledges by China to support its markets, but investor confidence was brittle after equity markets bled trillions of dollars in a grim October.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1 percent, drawing support from gains on Wall Street overnight. Yet it was on track to fall around 11 percent this month, which would be its worst monthly performance since September 2011.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1 per cent on Wednesday and the Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.2 per cent as weaker-than-expected factory activity data reinforced views that Beijing will roll out more support measures for the economy.

Australian stocks ended 0.4 per cent higher, South Korea's KOSPI added 0.7 per cent. In Japan, the Nikkei advanced 2.2 per cent, reassured by the Bank of Japan's signal that it will keep its ultra-easy policy for some time to come.

(with Reuters input)

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