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In view of analysts at Nomura, suggest that the recent measures announced by Indian government to stabilise INR were underwhelming.

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“If overall global market conditions remain negative (regardless if driven by rising trade protectionism, a break higher in US yields, Middle East tensions etc.), we believe USD/INR could rise through recent highs (of around 72.915) and trade towards 74.00.”

“That said, the risk of further actions following last weekend’s economic meeting between the prime minister, the finance minister and the central bank governor has risen, especially if INR underperforms/depreciates significantly on an idiosyncratic basis.”

“While the risk of further actions would rise if spot USD/INR continues to test new highs, we see space for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to step up its FX USD selling intervention.”

“We estimate there was around USD3.6bn of net selling in August (USD/INR 3.6% higher in the month), which still represents a significant slowdown from the April-June period.

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