21/02/2015 8:44 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Markets Might Open On Saturday For Budget

A stock dealer watches share prices on his screen at a brokerage house in Mumbai on January 6, 2015. The BSE 30 share benchmark index - SENSEX plunged over 600 points in trade in cue with the sink in Asian markets, which were trading lower as investors are starting to worry that the prolonged slump is signaling a weaker global economy. AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

MUMBAI -- Sebi is yet to take a call on opening stock markets on Budget day, which falls on a Saturday, its chairman U.K. Sinha said today.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the first full Budget of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government on February 28 amidst heightened expectations that the government will go for major reforms.

"We have received some requests in this regard and we are examining that. Consultations are going on. So, have a little more patience. We will be guided by the precedents and regulation," Sinha said on the sidelines of an event organised by Sebi-promoted NISM at its upcoming campus at Patal Ganga near here.

Calling for developing more in-house market research talent, Sinha said the Sebi and our stock exchanges are sitting on a mount of very valuable data but all the analysis of such data is being done outside the country.

Explaining further, he said based on the market data generated here lots of research are taking place outside the country as there is no forum through which that research can be done here. "We have no clue about the data analysis from high frequency trade. We do not know what are the trends and what are the learnings from these trends that are happening here, as there is nobody here who can analyse them," Sinha said.

So, all the inputs that we are getting from experience and research are done outside the country, he said, adding that there is a need to create a strong research at the National Institute of Securities Market and the research should be available to all.

Sinha also said Sebi has committed Rs 225 crore, out of its Rs 325-crore budget, for constructing a new campus for NISM at Patalganga near here.

On the call for extending the currency derivatives trading to 7.30 pm, Sinha said the matter is under discussion between the RBI, the Sebi and the Finance ministry. Sebi plays rather a smaller role in this.

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