Banks extend rally; HDFC Bank at new high, ICICI Bank nears record high

Banking shares extend rally for the second straight day, with the Nifty Bank hit a new high of 26,888 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in intra-day trade on Thursday after a strong gain in private sector as well as public sector banks (PSBs).

At 09:38 am; Nifty Bank index, the largest gainer among sectoral indices, was up 2% at 26,805 as compared to the benchmark Nifty 50 index. Nifty PSU Bank and Nifty Private Bank index were up 1.4% and 1.9%, respectively.

In past two trading sessions, Nifty PSU Bank index surged 5.6% after the government cut additional borrowing requirement to Rs 200 billion from Rs 500 billion notified earlier, helping ease worries surrounding widening fiscal deficit.

YES Bank, HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, IDFC Bank, Federal Bank, Punjab National Bank (PNB), State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI Bank and Axis Bank from the Nifty Bank index were up in the range of 1% to 4% on NSE.

Among the individual stocks, HDFC Bank hits a new high of Rs 1,945, up 2.9% on NSE. ICICI Bank hit a fresh 52-week high of Rs 353, up 3%, extending its 11% surge in past four trading days.  The stock is trading close to its record high of Rs 358, touched on January 28, 2015 in intra-day trade.

In a press release, the finance ministry has now said, “Upon a review of trends of revenue receipts and expenditure pattern, it has been assessed that additional borrowing of only Rs 200.00 billion of government securities would be adequate to meet financing needs.”

The statement said the government did not accept borrowings of Rs 150.00 billion in the last three auctions. The remaining Rs 150.00 billion would be reduced from the notified borrowing programme of the ensuing weeks, it said.

A source in the government that Business Standard spoke to said, “The disinvestment target for the year is expected to overshoot the Budget Estimate by quite a margin. Things are looking up on the direct taxes front as well. The dividend target from state-owned companies will also be met. But there are expectations of a shortfall in the collections from the GST and spectrum sales.”  CLICK HERE TO READ FULL REPORT

DHANLAXMI BANK 30.70 28.90 6.2
J & K BANK 80.00 77.75 2.9
DENA BANK 26.25 25.55 2.7
YES BANK 351.85 342.50 2.7
HDFC BANK 1939.05 1891.10 2.5
SOUTH IND.BANK 32.95 32.15 2.5
INDUSIND BANK 1697.50 1657.00 2.4
PUN. & SIND BANK 49.00 47.95 2.2
BANK OF MAHA 22.00 21.55 2.1
UCO BANK 31.90 31.25 2.1
PUNJAB NATL.BANK 178.75 175.20 2.0
KARUR VYSYA BANK 120.40 118.00 2.0
KARNATAKA BANK 165.25 162.15 1.9
ICICI BANK 349.35 343.10 1.8
ST BK OF INDIA 311.65 306.35 1.7
I O B 23.55 23.15 1.7
CITY UNION BANK 179.00 175.95 1.7
LAK. VILAS BANK 144.00 141.55 1.7
RBL BANK 533.95 525.05 1.7
IDBI BANK 61.80 60.80 1.6

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