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Shares of PNB Housing Finance shot-up over 14% on Monday to hit the day’s high of Rs 720.40 on the NSE following rating agency CARE Ratings upgrading various facilities/instruments of PNB Housing Finance to CARE AA+ (Stable) from CARE AA (Positive), the company informed in its filing to the exchanges.

The development triggered strong volume action in the stock with 23.75 lakh shares changing hands on the NSE around 10:10 am. The total traded value of the shares stood at Rs 164.07 crore. On the BSE, the spurt in volume was 3.81 times.

The instruments in which the ratings have been revised upwards include long term bank facilities, long term/short term bank facilities, bonds, long term instruments, non convertible debentures (NCDs), tier II bonds, fixed deposits and commercial papers.

The upgrade in ratings assigned to PNB Housing Finance (PNBHFL) derives strengths from its improving asset quality as reflected in GNPA ratio of 1.73% as on December 31, 2023 as against 8% as on March 31, 2022, the filing said.

Further, revision of rating continues to factor in PNBHFL’s strong market position as the third-largest housing finance company (HFC) in the country on Loan Asset Basis as on December 31, 2023 along with a well-diversified resource profile, the filing claimed.

“The ratings continue to take into consideration the brand linkages with Punjab National Bank (PNB) (rated at CARE AAA; Stable); the promoter of PNBHFL and the consistent support derived from the promoters,” the filing said further.

The PNB Housing Finance has been a market laggard in 2024, so far with negative returns of over 20% as against Nifty which has delivered 2.7% returns during this period.

However, stock’s returns of nearly 48 over the past 12 months tower over 30% returns given by Nifty in the same period.

Owing to the recent correction, the stock has slipped below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages (SMAs).

Momentum indicators RSI and MFI as reported by Trendlyne shows that the stock is trading in a medium range. While the former stands at 38.3, the latter is hovering near the 34 mark. A number above 70 is considered to be overbought while below 30 is seen to be oversold.

On Thursday, PNB Housing Finance shares closed at Rs 627.65 on the NSE, falling by Rs 2.70 or 0.43% over the previous closing price. On Friday markets were closed for trading on account of Good Friday.

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  • Published On Apr 1, 2024 at 11:46 AM IST

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