Twin measures by RBI lift bank stocks
Banking stocks made good gains on the bourses on Friday on the announcement of another round of purchase and sale of governments bonds by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and news of capital infusion by the Centre to some PSU banks.
Led by the gains in banking stocks, the 30-share BSE Sensex ended 411.38 points, or 1 per cent, higher at 41575.14 after rising almost 448 points during intra-day trade to hit a peak of 41611.27.
On the NSE, the broader NSE Nifty closed 119.25 points, or 0.98 per cent, up at 12245.80.
While Axis Bank was the top gainer in the 30-share Sensex pack, rising 3.33 per cent to Rs 760.70, the other winners included SBI and ICICI Bank.
Market circles said one of the reasons behind these gains in banking stocks was the RBI’s second instalment of “Operation Twist”, which would lead to longer term yields. This is expected to see banks reporting higher profits in their bond portfolio for the third quarter ended December 31, 2019.
On Thursday, the RBI had announced simultaneous purchase and sale of government securities through special open market operations (OMOs) for Rs 10,000 crore each on December 30. Earlier this week, the RBI had conducted a similar OMO and purchased securities worth Rs 10,000 crore and sold securities worth Rs 6,825 crore.
Meanwhile, the shares of Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) rose 6.48 per cent to Rs 11.99 after the lender said it will get a capital infusion of Rs 4,360 crore from the government in the current financial year for meeting regulatory requirement. Shares of Allahabad Bank, too, zoomed 8.17 per cent to settle at Rs 19.20 as the bank will get a fresh capital infusion worth Rs 2,153 crore.
The Uco Bank scrip also finished 2.38 per cent higher after it said the government will be infusing Rs 2,142 crore.
The gains in banking stocks come on the eve of finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s meeting with chiefs of various PSU banks on Saturday.
On the currency front, the rupee depreciated 4 paise to close at a fresh three-week low of 71.35 against the dollar on Friday, continuing its losing streak for the sixth day in a row amid crude oil prices hitting three-month high levels.
Brent futures, the global oil benchmark, advanced 0.29 per cent to USD 68.12 per barrel. PTI ANS. Brent futures, the global oil benchmark, advanced 0.29 per cent to USD 68.12 per barrel. PTI ANS