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Indian Indices Trade Lower; ICICI Bank & Axis Bank Top Losers
Fri, 24 Jul 12:30 pm | Monish Vora, TM Team

Share markets in India are presently trading on a negative note, following weakness in Asian peers amid tensions between the US and China.

Sectoral indices are trading on a negative note with stocks in the banking sector and metal sector witnessing most of the selling pressure.

The BSE Sensex is trading down by 267 points (down 0.7%), at 37,850 levels.

Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty is trading down by 93 points (down 0.8%).

The BSE Mid Cap index is trading down by 0.8%. The BSE Small Cap index is trading down by 0.5%.

The rupee is trading at 74.84 against the US$.

Gold prices are currently trading down by 0.1% at Rs 50,685.

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Moving on, market participants are tracking Reliance Industries share price.

Shares of the company rose over 4% today after reports stated that Amazon is in talks to buy a 9.9% stake in the retail arm of Reliance Industries.

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In news from the banking sector, Axis Bank and HDFC Bank are among the top buzzing stocks today.

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has communicated to Axis Bank and Max Financial Services, which entered into an agreement in April whereby the lender would have increased its stake in life insurance company Max Life promoted by Max Financial Services.

Irdai has asked them to factor in some alternate mechanisms subject to regulatory approvals.

Reportedly, there's a clause in the deal that says that after a little over five years, the entity will go for a listing on the bourses. However, if the listing does not happen, Axis Bank would swap the unlisted Max Life's 30% holding with the listed entity Max Financial Services, depending on the swap ratio.

Further, if even that is not possible, then Axis Bank would have a put option to sell its shares in Max Life at a pre-determined price to Max Financial.

Irdai has raised objections to these options included in the deal.

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Axis Bank was looking to buy additional 29% in Max Life Insurance for an estimated price of Rs 15.9 billion, raising its holding in the insurer to 30% after the completion of the deal.

As per the deal, Max Financial Services would have held the remaining 70% in the joint venture.

Axis Bank share price is presently trading down by 3.4%.

In other news, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked HDFC Bank to provide details of an internal investigation into allegations of improper lending practices in its vehicle-financing operation.

The RBI is also seeking information on steps taken by HDFC Bank to remedy any issues identified during the investigation.

The private lender's MD Aditya Puri said on Saturday that the inquiry was triggered by a whistle-blower and uncovered "personal misconduct" by some of the bank's employees.

"Based on internal inquiry findings, appropriate action was taken against a set of employees in the auto loan business segment for their act of personal misconduct," Puri said during the investor call that followed the bank's latest earnings report.

Earlier, it was reported that HDFC Bank has fired at least six senior and mid-level officials after an internal probe on the allegations of "improper lending practices" and "conflict of interest".

The probe reportedly found that the bank's car loan customers were given GPS devices by bundling them in auto loans without their knowledge. These executives apparently sold the GSP devices with auto loans to achieve sales targets from the years 2015 to 2019, and allegedly to track customers in case of loan default.

The vehicle financing unit had outstanding loans of nearly Rs 1.2 trillion as of June 30, 2020.

HDFC Bank is bracing for a leadership change with Puri set to step down after 26 years at the helm. He will retire when he turns 70 in October under RBI rules that restrict the age of top bank executives.

Note that, HDFC Bank is one that has always adapted to changing times.

HDFC Bank wanted to transform itself from a leader in the physical banking to a leader in online banking. Since then, HDFC Bank has constantly focused on going digital.

In 2004, only 10% of customer transactions were initiated through internet and mobile. The number has gone up to 92% in 2019.

It is a great example of a company which has taken advantage of its scale and embraced disruption rather than fear it.

These are traits that one should look for in picking stocks. They not only withstand the disruption but also gain from it in the long-run.

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1 Responses to "Indian Indices Trade Lower; ICICI Bank & Axis Bank Top Losers"

KASIVISWALINGAM P

Jul 24, 2020

I do not understand why these valuable scripts are unable to withstand/ stabilise in the market. Whether there is any other factor that is controlling the price. Being share holder of these scripts, I want to know the real cause for such variations. Such a high level private banks volatility makes us different.

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