Nifty PSU Bank index hits 20-month low

Shares of public sector banks (PSBs) continued to remain under selling pressure with the Nifty PSU Bank index hitting a 20-month low with most frontline banks trading at their multi-months low on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).

At 02:39 p.m. Oriental Bank of Commerce, IDBI Bank, Bank of Baroda and Indian Overseas Bank have fallen more than 5% each, while Union Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, Bank of India, Syndicate Bank, Punjab National Bank (PNB) and State Bank of India (SBI) down in the range of 3%-5%.

Nifty PSU Bank, a gauge of PSB bank index, the second largest loser among sectoral indices after Nifty Realty, was down 4% at 2,646.  The index hit an intra-day low of 2,645, its lowest level since March 2014.

Of the 25 listed PSBs, 10 banks are trading at their 52-week lows. The list includes SBI, PNB, Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Vijaya Bank, Allahabad Bank and Canara Bank.

Analysts at Religare Institutional Research expect the stress on banks’ asset quality to remain high, especially for corporate lenders and PSU banks during the quarter ended December 2015. Slippages are likely to remain elevated due to a string of failed restructured loans.

“Credit cost will surge for both PSU as well as private sector corporate lenders due to rising stress in the system from mounting cases of SDR/5:25 refinancing as well as exposure to large leveraged groups. The margins could sag due to higher interest reversals and a transition to marginal cost-based lending,” Religare Institutional Research said in a report on Indian Banks dated January 4, 2016.

Symbol LTP % chg* 52-week high % chg# 52-week low
NIFTY PSU BANK 2,647.15 -4.02 4,453.90 -40.6 2,749.95
IDBI 77.80 -6.15 95.70 -18.7 52.30
BANKBARODA 139.90 -5.92 228.90 -38.9 137.15
ORIENTBANK 126.90 -5.90 341.25 -62.8 121.30
ALBK 64.35 -5.44 132.50 -51.4 64.15
IOB 29.05 -5.37 62.10 -53.2 29.00
UNIONBANK 136.35 -5.08 253.50 -46.2 129.75
BANKINDIA 108.85 -4.73 306.00 -64.4 108.65
SYNDIBANK 81.50 -4.57 133.00 -38.7 75.60
PNB 105.30 -3.92 219.00 -51.9 104.80
ANDHRABANK 60.70 -3.88 96.45 -37.1 58.50
CANBK 218.75 -3.85 478.65 -54.3 218.15
SBIN 209.60 -3.34 336.00 -37.6 209.20
           


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