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Paytm up 17%, Central Bank, IOB gain from selloff hopes

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Mumbai: Indian Overseas Bank and Central Bank were among the top gainers in the stock exchanges on Wednesday after investors speculated that these might be the two banks lined up by the government for divestment. Meanwhile, Paytm shares continued on their road to recovery, gaining 17% on Wednesday to end at Rs 1,753, but still remain 18% below their issue price of Rs 2,150. This was despite the broader sensex falling 323 points to 58,341.
The government on Tuesday released the list of bills that it will seek to pass in the winter session of Parliament. Among them is the Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill 2021. This bill describes the need for amendments in the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1970 and 1980. In addition to this, there are some amendments needed in the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
The privatisation of two public sector banks was announced in the Union Budget for 2021-22 by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The banks’ disinvestment, along with that of the Life Insurance Corporation of India, was expected to fetch Rs 1.75 lakh crore for the government.
Shares of Indian Overseas Bank opened at Rs 22 and touched the day’s high of Rs 23.8 before closing 13% higher at Rs 22.5. At the current price, the bank’s market capitalisation is Rs 42,436 crore. Shares of Central Bank opened at just under Rs 23 and touched a high of Rs 23.7 before closing over 10% up at Rs 22.7. The bank currently has an mcap of Rs 19,706 crore.
Paytm shares saw reduced volatility on Wednesday on the back of what appeared to be buying interest from institutional investors. Shares had fallen 35% in the first two days of trade, but found support at lower levels later. At the current price, the payment giant is valued at nearly Rs 1.14 lakh crore — more than Nykaa (Rs 1.06 lakh crore) but still behind Zomato (Rs 1.22 lakh crore).

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