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US Fed rate hike? No worries, says finmin

Source: PTI
March 16, 2017 10:58 IST
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Indian markets are well placed to absorb the 0.25 per cent interest rate increase by the US Fed on Wednesday, the finance ministry has said.

"Indian markets (are) well placed to absorb the US Fed rate hike. Gradual approach in future increases augurs well for emerging markets," Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das tweeted.

Stocks opened in the green as the Sensex was trading 206.40 points up at 29,604.51. The Nifty too up a good show by scaling a new intra-day peak.

Ditto with the rupee, which continued with its solid performance by appreciating another 47 paise to hit a new 16-month high at 65.22 against the dollar in early trade on Thursday.

As popularly expected, the US Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and forecast two additional hikes this year.

The Fed's key short-term rate is up by a quarter-point to a still-low range of 0.75 per cent to 1 per cent.

"In view of realised and expected labour market conditions and inflation, the committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate... Near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced," the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) said in its statement. 

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