September 30, 2019 / 5:29 AM / 17 days ago

Indian shares fall as banks slide; Indiabulls down 21%

BENGALURU, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Indian shares fell sharply on Monday after a two-week rally, dragged down by declines across banking and metals shares, and amid a lack of further catalysts.

The NSE index fell 0.68% to 11,434.40 by 0437 GMT. The index firmed more than 2% last week after the government slashed corporate taxes in a bid to boost slowing economic growth.

The benchmark BSE index declined 0.71% to 38,547.03.

Shares in Lakshmi Vilas Bank Ltd fell 4.9% to their lowest since April 2009 on news that the Reserve Bank of India had initiated a so-called prompt corrective action on the lender.

The bank’s directors are also being investigated by Indian police after a customer accused them of misappropriating funds.

Indiabulls Housing Finance, which had proposed to merge with Lakshmi Vilas Bank, slumped 21%, its biggest one-day drop in over one year. Monday is the stock’s second day of trading after it was removed from the NSE index.

The wider Nifty private banks index lost 1.9%.

Shares in private-sector lender Yes Bank fell 9.7%. The bank said it had received approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to increase its authorised share capital in order to raise funds.

The market was being indecisive due to a lack of significant catalysts or drivers, said Kunj Bansal, chief investment officer at Acepro Advisors in Mumbai. “One of the factors which will help the market break out of its current range will be the earnings season.”

Earnings announcements for the quarter ended September are scheduled to begin from next week.

The Nifty metals index fell 2.5%. Tata Steel Ltd and Vedanta Ltd lost 3% each, while JSW Steel was down 4%. (Reporting by Sachin Ravikumar; Editing by Aditya Soni)

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