Bank shares tank after Moody''s changes outlook on Indian banks to negative; deterioration in banks' asset quality expected

New Delhi: Bank shares on Friday dropped up to 15.5 percent after Moody''s Investors Service changed the outlook for Indian banking system to negative from stable.

The scrip of RBL Bank tumbled 15.53 percent, Axis Bank dipped 9.16 percent, IndusInd Bank 8.49 percent, ICICI Bank 8.01 percent, SBI 5.92 percent.

 Bank shares tank after Moodys changes outlook on Indian banks to negative; deterioration in banks asset quality expected

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Also, City Union Bank fell 3.67 percent, Federal Bank 3.51 percent, Kotak Mahindra Bank 2.01 percent and HDFC Bank 1.95 percent.

The BSE Bank index closed lower by 5.39 percent.

Moody''s Investors Service on Thursday changed the outlook for Indian banking system to negative from stable, as it expects deterioration in banks'' asset quality due to disruption in economic activity from the coronavirus outbreak.

It said banks'' asset quality will deteriorate across the corporate, small and medium enterprises and retail segments, leading to pressure on profitability and capital.

"We have changed the outlook for the Indian banking system to negative from stable. Disruptions to economic activity from the coronavirus outbreak will exacerbate a slowdown in India''s economic growth," Moody''s said.

Banks were the biggest drag for the 30-share BSE barometer which ended 674.36 points lower at 27,590.95.

Updated Date: Apr 03, 2020 17:53:57 IST



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