Indian govt bonds gain ahead of RBI monetary policy review

Written by Reuters | Updated: Jan 28 2014, 15:12pm hrs
Indian government bonds gain ahead of the central bank's rate review due at 0530 GMT. The benchmark 10-year bond yield was last down 4 basis points at 8.73 percent.

Yields have risen 25 bps in the last five sessions after the recommendations of the central bank's monetary panel and recent hawkish comments by RBI chief Raghuram Rajan.

The RBI is likely to keep a status quo on rates on easing inflation, but Governor Rajan's outlook on direction of rates will be keenly watched.

Rajan's view on the monetary policy committee report will also be crucial as it suggests targeting consumer price inflation, which may mean an extended period of high rates.

Bond supply will return after a two-week break with the RBI announcing a 140 billion rupee debt sale for Friday.

US Treasuries prices fell on Monday on profit-taking from last week's safe-haven gains and as traders shrugged off weaker-than-expected data on new US home sales.