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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Axis Bank sheds over 9% on MSCI omission, RBI curb

Shares of Axis Bank on Friday plummeted by over 9 per cent after the MSCI said it would exclude the bank from its standard and large cap indices, and the RBI restricting foreign institutional investors from purchasing shares in the bank.

The bank scrip fell 8.69 per cent to Rs 1,050 and closed at Rs 1,055.40, down 8.23 per cent on the BSE.

At the NSE, it tumbled 9.36 per cent to Rs 1,042.05.

Led by the massive sell—off, the market value of the bank scrip slipped Rs 4,426 crore to Rs 49,494 crore.

Axis Bank fell close to 9 per cent on MSCI exclusion as well as RBI’s restriction. The RBI has restricted overseas investors from purchasing additional shares given the foreign shareholding limit has been breached,” said Nagji K Rita, Chairman & MD, Inventure Growth and Securities.

The MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International) Global Standard Indices will see the deletion of Axis Bank with effect from September 2, 2013.

Besides, the Reserve Bank on Wednesday restricted FIIs from purchasing shares in Axis Bank as the overall foreign share holding has crossed the limit of 49 per cent.

Therefore, no further purchases of share of this bank would be allowed through stock exchanges in India on behalf of these entities, it said.

Source: thehindubusinessline


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