Money & Banking

RBI to conduct OMO of ₹20,000 crore on Feb 10

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on February 08, 2021

This follows yields rising to an intra-day high of 6.1634% on Tuesday last on concerns of higher government borrowing

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday said it will purchase four government securities (G-Secs) aggregating ₹20,000 crore under open market operations (OMOs) on February 10, 2021.

This comes in the backdrop of yields moving up to touch an intra-day high of 6.1634 per cent (on Tuesday) last week on concerns about higher government borrowing.

Also read: Yield on 10-year G-Sec softens 4.85 bps

Following the announcement of the OMO purchase, yield on the benchmark 10 year G-Sec, carrying a coupon rate of 5.77 per cent, softened about 3-4 basis points in today’s trading so far against the previous closing yield of 6.1283 per cent.

Last Friday, when the monetary policy review was conducted, the G-Sec market didn’t seem impressed with the liquidity and regulatory measures that were announced.

Yield on the 10-year benchmark G-Sec edged up about 3 basis points on February 5, 2021, to close at 6.1283 per cent and its price declined about 23 paise to ₹97.45.

The OMO announcement for purchase of G-Secs — 6.18 per cent G-Sec 2024; 7.17 per cent G-Sec 2028; 5.77 per cent G-Sec 2030; and 6.19 per cent G-Sec 2034 — is expected to keep the yields in check.

The government will be borrowing ₹80,000 crore more in the February-March 2021 period. The gross borrowing programme next year is of the order of ₹12-lakh crore.

Published on February 08, 2021

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