Govt Bank Shares Fall Sharply; SBI, BOI Hit 52-Week Low

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Banking shares fell sharply in trade with many public sector banks hitting their 52-week lows, while others were trading near their 52-week lows.

State Bank of India hit a 52-week low of Rs 231.60, while Bank of India also dropped to a new 52-week low of Rs 130.35 on the National Stock Exchange. Banks like Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank and Syndicate Bank were trading very near their 52-week lows.

Govt Bank Shares Fall Sharply; SBI, BOI Hit 52-Week Low
State Bank of India: Quotes, News
BSE 309.05BSE Quote6.3 (2.04%)
NSE 309.25NSE Quote6 (1.94%)
Axis Bank: Quotes, News
BSE 590.25BSE Quote6.55 (1.11%)
NSE 590.25NSE Quote5.45 (0.92%)
Today's drop was not restricted only to public sector banks, but, many private sector banks were also sharply lower led by losses in ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Bank and Yes Bank.

The sustained selling was on the back of worries that non performing assets may continue to deteriorate if conditions in the steel industry get worse. It maybe noted that the steel industry has been adversely affected by the slump in prices amidst waning demand from China.

The worry is that this could result in losses and also a rise in non performing assets, particularly of PSU banks. Another reason for the fall is drop in interest rates by HDFC Bank, which many believe may trigger a rate war in the banking sector and a squeeze on margins.

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