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India's Ratings Already Reflect Fed Tapering Fears - Fitch

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India's narrowing current account deficit will not be enough to shield the country from pressures tied to Fed tapering, says Fitch Ratings.
 
However, Fitch adds the spillover effects of the Indian rupee's weakness have not significantly hurt India's credit worthiness and will therefore not trigger any ratings action at this point.
 
"(India's ratings) already incorporate both the sovereign's vulnerabilities and tolerance for volatility in global financial market conditions," Fitch said.
 
Fitch adds India's economy has "not lost much momentum" on the back of "resilient" agriculture and exports, predicts economic growth of 4.8 per cent in 2013/14 and 5.8 per cent in 2014/15.
 
Fitch also notes India's fiscal deficit remains under pressure, especially ahead of the general elections due next year, but says the government is likely to clam down heavily on spending.
 
Fitch rates India at "BBB-minus", the lowest investment grade rating. It revised its outlook for the country to "stable" from "negative" in June.
 
(Reuters)