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Oil is an important factor driving India’s current account balance, while it also affect its fiscal position, according to Frances Cheung, Head of Macro Strategy Asia at Westpac.

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“A USD10 increase in oil prices translates into a net USD13bn (via trade) deduction from the C/A for India in a year. This compares with a C/A deficit of USD49.5bn in the four quarters to Q2-2018 calendar year. This assumes prices rise uniformly across products, and does not take into account offsetting items such as remittances on the C/A.”

“In the run-up to the OPEC meeting on 6 December with uncertainty surrounding a potential production cut, USD/INR is likely to consolidate.”

“The RBI is likely to stay put on rates (5 December) with inflation contained.”