* India's NSE gains as much as 0.75 pct to record high
* Rupee hits strongest vs dollar since Oct 2015
* Fed signals no pick-up in tightening, spurring gains
* But doubts remain abt sustainability of Indian rally
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MUMBAI, March 16 India's broader NSE share index
hit a record high and the rupee rose to its strongest level in
nearly 17 months on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve
signalled no pick-up in the pace of its interest rate
The gains, which tracked Asian markets, came after the Fed
stuck to its outlook for two additional rate increases this year
after lifting its overnight interest rate by 25 basis points on
Wednesday as had been expected.
The tempered rate outlook knocked the dollar and eased
worries of a fresh burst of capital outflows from emerging
economies such as India. Some market watchers had recently
speculated the Fed could hike rates four times this year as the
U.S. economy gathers momentum.
The NSE index rose as much as 0.85 percent to a
record high of 9,152.90 points, marking its second all-time peak
in three sessions.
Sentiment had already been turning more bullish after a big
election victory by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party
in the key state of Uttar Pradesh at the weekend.
Hopes for sustained foreign flows into India have also
sparked a rally in the rupee, which hit as much as
65.2250 per dollar, its strongest since Oct. 30, 2015.
Traders were split about whether the central bank had again
intervened on Thursday to slow the gains, after stepping in the
previous two sessions.
Meanwhile, the benchmark 10-year bond yield
fell 5 basis points to 6.78 percent.
But the rally in markets has also raised strong doubts about
its sustainability given concerns about share valuations and
worries events such as upcoming elections in France will keep
global flows volatile.
"I am a little concerned with this movement as I feel that
the fundamentals of companies do not support this upward market
movement (in shares). My expectation is that we may see a big
correction of around 7-8 percent by April," said R.K. Gupta,
managing director at Taurus Asset Management Company.
Foreign investors bought around a net $820 million in Indian
shares in the two trading sessions after Modi's electoral win
Gains in share markets over this week have been widespread,
with 45 out of 50 members in the NSE index rising on Thursday.
The NSE was up 0.6 percent as of 0500 GMT, while the
benchmark BSE index was up 0.5 percent after earlier
hitting its highest since March 2015
The rupee was last trading at 65.32/33 compared to its
(Reporting by Rafael Nam in MUMBAI and Arnab Paul in BENGALURU;
Additional reporting by Swati Bhat; Editing by Kim Coghill)