Shares in State Bank of India, India's biggest lender, rose 1.8 percent after the bank slashed its deposit rates between 50-100 basis points across maturities, effective Friday.

Morgan Stanley, however, says SBI's move is more of a manifestation of a slowing economy with RBI data also showing loan growth for the system for April to August has been close to zero - similar to the 2008 levels.

Morgan Stanley further warns that reduced growth in segments facing slowdown will accelerate restructured loans creation.

But bond market dealers say SBI rate cut is a game changer and put RBI way behind the curve.

Most economists polled expect RBI to hold rates when it meets on Sept. 17 for monetary policy.


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