Sensex Trades Higher; Patel's Appointment Cheers Markets

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Benchmark indices were trading higher following appointment of Urjit Patel, as the the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, on hopes that there would be policy continuity at the RBI after Rajan's exit.

Patel is seen as hawkish on interest rates, just like outgoing RBI Governor, Raghuram Rajan. Banking stocks were flat, on worries that Patel might not be in a hurry to cut interest rates anytime soon.

Sensex Trades Higher; Patel's Appointment Cheers Markets
Asian markets were trading mixed with the Japanese Nikkei trading higher, while the Shanghai Composite and the Hong Kong's Hang Sang were trading with losses.

Markets are eagerly awaiting the speech of Fed Chairperson Janey Yellen, later this week to see if she gives any indication on further interest rate hikes in the US.

The Sensex was trading with gains of 41 points, while the Nifty was seen higher by 9 points. Leading the set of gainers in early trade from the Nifty were Bhel and Infratel.

Among the early losers in trade from the Nifty stocks were Hero Motor Corp and Hindalco.

Shares in SBI subsidiaries which rallied on Friday like State Bank of Travancore and State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur after the share swap ratio with SBI was announced gave-up some gains.

Meanwhile, the rupee opened at 67.19 to the US dollar.

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