Bond yields rise after RBI announces it will buy Rs 100-billion govt debt

A woman walks past the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai | Photo: Reuters
Sovereign bonds in India rallied after the central bank said it will purchase debt to meet the cash needs of the banking system.

The Reserve Bank of India will buy Rs 100 billion ($1.5 billion) of securities across the yield curve from 2020 to 2033 maturities on May 17, it said late Friday. The purchases come after the shortest bond on sale Friday was rescued by underwriters for a third straight auction.

“This announcement should be seen as a positive surprise by the market as it comes earlier than expected and especially amid liquidity surplus conditions,” Vivek Rajpal and Prashant Pande, rate strategists at Nomura Holdings Inc. wrote in a note.

The yield on the benchmark 7.17 per cent debt maturing in 2028 dropped 13 basis points to 7.60 per cent in early Mumbai trading.

Surplus cash held by banks dropped to Rs 380 billion as of May 3 from a high of Rs 1.1-trillion in April, according to the Bloomberg Economics India Banking Liquidity Index.

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