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Markets will remain closed on 18th October, 2018 on account of Dussehra.

Of Cheap Valuation of PSU Banks and Key Stocks in Action Today
Mon, 21 May Pre-Open | Parth Parekh, TM Team

NSE PSU Bank Index surged 30% on 25th October 2017-the date when bank recapitalization of Rs 2.1 trillion was announced. God bless the investors who bought the public-sector banks on this date. Fast forward to 18th May and investors would have lost massive net worth in these stocks.

Loss in Market Capitalization of PSU Banks from 26th October 2017 to 18th May 2018
BankPrice as on 26th October 2017Price as on 18th May 2018Loss in Market Cap (in %)Current Price/ Book Value (New)10 Yr Average Price/ Book Value
Punjab National Bank21375-65%0.51.1
Union Bank of India18683-55%0.40.7
Allahabad Bank8438-55%0.40.7
Andhra Bank7034-51%0.30.8
Syndicate Bank8243-47%0.40.8
Bank of India19393-52%0.50.9
Bank of Baroda185127-32%0.81.1
SBI Bank321239-25%1.11.3
Source: ACE Equity

The healthy correction has led to these banks trading at attractive valuations. All the banks as mentioned in this table are trading below their ten-year median price/book value.

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Now, there is a term in investing called Value Traps. Value traps are stocks that are trading at very cheap valuations. These stocks can trade cheap forever and never really recover in terms of stock price performance. There is a reason for this. And the reason is related to structural problems with the company.

The structural problem with public sector banks is the credit appraisal policy. In the greed of balance sheet growth and pressure from government, these banks have lent to stressed sectors such as power and iron & steel. The result- Gross Non-Performing Assets (GNPA's) of public sector bank have shot up to 11.03% in FY17 as compared to 4.97% in FY15.

Unless such structural problems are resolved it is highly likely that some of these banks act as a value trap and continue to deliver miserable stock returns in the long run.

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The stock of Atul Auto, Advances Enzymes, Jaiprakash Associates, Sanghi Industries, Rushi Decor are expected to be in the news today as they declare their results for the quarter ended March 2018.

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TORRENT POWER LTD Plunges by 5%; BSE POWER Index Down 1.1% (Today's Market)

Oct 17, 2018 03:34 PM

TORRENT POWER LTD share price has plunged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 250. The BSE POWER is down by 1.1%. The top gainers in the BSE POWER Index is POWER GRID (up 0.7%). The top losers are TORRENT POWER LTD (down 5.1%) and SUZLON ENERGY (down 6.2%).

ADANI PORTS & SEZ Plunges by 5%; BSE 500 Index Down 1.6% (Today's Market)

Oct 17, 2018 03:34 PM

ADANI PORTS & SEZ share price has plunged by 5% and its current market price is Rs 340. The BSE 500 is down by 1.6%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are NIIT TECHNOLOGIES (up 5.1%) and MOIL LTD (up 4.8%). The top losers are ADANI PORTS & SEZ (down 5.1%) and HEG LTD (down 6.4%).

INOX WIND Plunges by 6%; BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index Down 1.6% (Today's Market)

Oct 17, 2018 03:34 PM

INOX WIND share price has plunged by 6% and its current market price is Rs 97. The BSE CAPITAL GOODS is down by 1.6%. The top gainers in the BSE CAPITAL GOODS Index are LAKSHMI MACHINE (up 1.9%) and GRAPHITE INDIA (up 1.8%). The top losers are INOX WIND (down 6.3%) and BEML LTD. (down 7.2%).

The BSE METAL Index Down 2% ; JINDAL STEEL & POWER Among Top Losers (Today's Market)

Oct 17, 2018 03:34 PM

The BSE METAL Index Down at 13,222 (down 2.1%). Among the top losers in the BSE METAL Index today are JINDAL STEEL & POWER, TATA STEEL and JSW STEEL. Meanwhile, the BSE Sensex has plunged 1.1% to 35,605.

MAHINDRA HOLIDAYS Plunges by 6%; BSE 500 Index Down 1.6% (Today's Market)

Oct 17, 2018 03:32 PM

MAHINDRA HOLIDAYS share price has plunged by 6% and its current market price is Rs 212. The BSE 500 is down by 1.6%. The top gainers in the BSE 500 Index are NIIT TECHNOLOGIES (up 4.9%) and PHOENIX MILL (up 4.3%). The top losers are MAHINDRA HOLIDAYS (down 5.6%) and HEG LTD (down 6.2%).

Sensex Trades on a Volatile Note; Auto, Realty Stocks Drag (Today's Market)

Oct 17, 2018 12:30 pm

The BSE Sensex is trading up by 70 points, while the NSE Nifty is trading up by 4 points.

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