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Interest rate sensitive stocks were the worst hit on Friday after Raghuram Rajan surprised the market with a hike in repo rate. AP Interest rate sensitive stocks were the worst hit on Friday after Raghuram Rajan surprised the market with a hike in repo rate. AP
SummaryInterest rate sensitive stocks were the worst hit on Friday after Raghuram Rajan surprised the market with a hike in repo rate.

years. Among the auto majors, Tata Motors (-2.84%), Hero Motocorp (-2.82%) and Bajaj Auto (-2.87%) all ended in the red. While most rate sensitives lost heavy ground on Friday, experts believe that the stocks could see some more near-term correction. In the current calendar year, rate-sensitives have been under pressure with BSE Realty and BSE Bankex losing 39% and 15.2%, respectively.

“We don’t expect the rate hike to have a major impact on the cyclicals. However, we remain underweight on banks as we feel they are cyclically and structurally challenged,” said Saurabh Mukherjea, CEO, Institutional Equities, Ambit Capital.

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