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Moody’s cuts India’s outlook to ‘negative’

Moody’s cuts India’s outlook to ‘negative’

BENGALURU, Nov 8: Moody’s Investors Service cut India’s ratings outlook to “negative” from “stable”, citing increasing risks that Asia’s third largest economy will grow at a slower pace than in the past, sending stock markets nearly 1 per cent lower at Friday’s close, reports Reuters. The cut in outlook partly reflected government and policy ineffectiveness in addressing economic weakness, which has led to an increase in debt burden, Moody’s said. The ratings agency also cut its outlook for 21 Indian companies, including State Bank of India, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Infosys Ltd and NTPC Ltd to “negative” from “stable”. However, Moody’s retained the country’s foreign and local currency ratings at ‘Baa2’. India’s economy grew 5 per cent year-on-year between April and June, its weakest pace since 2013, which had prompted a slew of interest rate cuts by the central bank and forcing the government to cut corporate taxes sharply. Moody’s now expects a government deficit of 3.7 per cent of GDP in the fiscal year ending in March 2020, compared with a government target of 3.3 per cent. “The depth and duration of India’s growth slowdown, prolonged financial stress among rural households, weak job creation, and, more recently, a credit crunch among non-bank financial institutions have increased the probability of a more entrenched slowdown,” Moody’s said. The ratings agency said it does not expect the credit crunch among non-bank financial institutions to be resolved quickly. In response, the finance ministry said the economy’s fundamentals remained “quite robust”. “India continues to be among the fastest growing major economies in the world, India’s relative standing remains unaffected,” the ministry said in a statement.

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