India’s bank index soars to record after RBI’s surprise rate cut

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Mumbai | Updated: January 15, 2015 6:42 PM

NSE bank index rose as much as 4.3 pct to life high of 19,410.40.

NSE bank index rose as much as 4.3 pct to life high of 19,410.40.

The Reserve Bank of India cut interest rates on Thursday by 25 basis points to 7.75 percent in a surprise inter-meeting cut.

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Rate cut seen stoking credit growth and lowering costs for lenders, say analysts.

In pics: Check out what happened last month when Raghuram Rajan refused to cut rates

Possibility of 50-100 bps cut in rates over next few quarters, believe fund managers.

Also read:

* Lone ranger Raghuram Rajan fights for RBI autonomy amid rate cut rants

* Dec 2 meet: When Raghuram Rajan refused to cut rates

* Dec 2 meet: On interest rates, markets proposed, RBI Guv Raghuram Rajan disposed

* RBI can’t flip-flop on interest rate: Raghuram Rajan

India finmin welcomes RBI rate cut as inflation drops.

ICICI Bank gains as much as 5.7 pct while State Bank of India rises as much as 6.2 pct.

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