Near-end swaps at 7-week low on rate cut hope

Written by Reuters | Mumbai | Updated: Dec 18 2012, 07:50am hrs
Bond yields and near-end swaps fell to seven-week lows on Monday on hopes that the central bank will cut the cash reserve ratio (CRR) and signal a rate cut as early as January at its policy review on Tuesday.

Strong October factory output data and a surprise fall in headline inflation in November have cemented hopes the Reserve Bank of India will stick to its previous guidance of a rate cut in the January-March quarter.

The benchmark bond yield ended unchanged at 8.14%. It fell to 8.13% in session, its lowest since October 30.

India's short-end 1-year OIS rate ended flat at 7.62%, after falling to 7.61%, a seven-week low.

The benchmark 5-year OIS ended 1 bp lower at 7.10%.