Ratings agency Standard & Poor's affirmed India's sovereign rating at "BBB-minus" with a "negative" outlook, reiterating there was a one-in-three chance of a ratings downgrade over the next 12 months, a statement said on Friday. Full Article
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Indian shares gain after U.S. Senate approves 'fiscal cliff' deal
MUMBAI Jan 1 (Reuters) - Indian shares rose on Tuesday, after the U.S. averted the looming 'fiscal cliff' in a last-minute deal, with hopes of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India beginning to gather steam, leading to gains in bank shares.
ICICI Bank provisionally rose 1.9 percent, while State Bank of India ended 1.7 percent higher.
The BSE index provisionally gained 0.79 percent, while the 50-share NSE index ended up 0.77 percent.
Most major global markets were closed for the New Year holiday. (Reporting by Abhishek Vishnoi)
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