The RBI MPC has cut repo rate by 25 basis points to 5.75 percent from 6.0 per cent with immediate effect for third time in a row. The MPC notes that growth impulses have weakened significantly as reflected in a further widening of the output gap compared to the April 2019 policy.
Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 5.50 percent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 6.0 percent.
All members of the MPC unanimously decided to reduce the policy repo rate by 25 basis and change the stance of monetary policy from neutral to accommodative.
GDP growth for FY20 has been revised downwards from 7.2 percent in the April policy to 7 percent. This will be in the range of 6.4-6.7 percent for H1FY20 and 7.2-7.5 percent for H2FY20. CPI inflation has been revised to 3.0-3.1 percent for H1FY20 and to 3.4-3.7 percent for H2FY20.
The repo rate cut is in consonance with the objective of achieving the medium-term target for consumer price index (CPI) inflation of 4 percent within a band of +/- 2 percent, while supporting growth. The Bank has changed policy stance to accommodative.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set the minimum leverage ratio at 3.5 percent for all Indian banks and 4 percent for systemically-important banks, to maintain financial stability in the country.
“Keeping in mind financial stability and with a view to moving further towards harmonisation with Basel III standards, it has been decided that the minimum LR should be 4 percent for Domestic Systemically Important Banks (DSIBs) and 3.5 percent for other banks,” the RBI said in a statement on June 6.
Benchmark indices including the Nifty and Sensex ended deep into the red with Nifty closing down 171.95 points at 11,849 while the Sensex has shed 553.82 points and closed at 39,529.
Bank Nifty ended Thursday’s session, down 2.32 percent following the 25bps rate cut. The top losers included Bank of Baroda, Federal Bank, IndusInd Bank, YES Bank, State Bank of India, IDBI Bank, Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India, RBLL Bank and Bank of India.
Nifty Auto closed 0.89 percent lower with the top losers being MRF, Mahindra & Mahindra, Amara Raja Batteries, Tata Motors, Tata Motors DVR, Ashok Leyland, TVS Motor Company and Bharat Forge.
Nifty Realty closed 1.75 percent in the red with the top losers including DLF, Godrej Properties, Oberoi Realty, Phoenix Mills, Sunteck Realty and Sobha.