RBI likely to cut repo rate by 25 bps, says Icra

Jan 25 2013, 20:14 IST
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SummaryEasing of inflation rate is likely to force RBI's hand on easing rates.

slowdown in global economy.

"Factoring in average inflation of around 7.5 per cent in 2012-13 and monetary easing of around 50 bps in Q4, we expect GDP growth to ease to 5.4 per cent this fiscal from 6.5 per cent last fiscal," the report said, adding the medium-term outlook remains favourable for growth.

On the external commercial borrowing front, the report said the rupee volatility and the anticipated softening of domestic borrowing costs were likely to limit the attractiveness of ECBs in the ensuing quarter.

The rating agency also said the domestic bond yields are expected to remain attractive to the investors in the near to medium-term despite possibility of further softening in the fourth quarter.

Corporate bond issuances are expected to be robust in the fourth quarter on the back of expected tax-free bond issuances in the near future, it added.

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