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  • Recent Decline: HDFC Bank shares fell nearly 7% in early 2024 despite strong Q3 profit growth.
  • Key Factors: Analyst concerns over liquidity challenges, margin sustainability, and provision impacts led to the decline.
  • Outlook: Mixed analyst views with some downgrades and cautious optimism.

HDFC Bank Shares Experience Notable Decline Despite Strong Q3 Profit Growth in 2024

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The Sensex experienced a major crash, dropping over 1,600 points, influenced heavily by HDFC Bank’s worse-than-expected Q3 results, which saw its stock plunge by around 7.5% to 8.5%. Additionally, a broader decline in global markets, spurred by reduced optimism for rate cuts and weaker GDP data from China, contributed to the downturn. Geopolitical tensions, particularly related to Iran-backed Houthi rebels, also added to the risk-averse sentiment in the markets. This combination of factors led to a sharp sell-off, reflecting the market’s sensitivity to both domestic financial performance and international economic and political developments.

Sensex Plummets Over 1,600 Points Amid HDFC Bank’s Q3 Disappointment and Global Market Pressures

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HDFC Bank, India’s largest private lender, has reported a significant surge in its third-quarter profits for FY2024. The bank’s standalone net profit reached 163.73 billion rupees ($1.97 billion), surpassing analysts’ expectations of 156.51 billion rupees and showing an increase from the previous quarter’s 159.76 billion rupees. This performance was underpinned by robust loan growth and a strong demand for credit, particularly during the festive season. While the bank’s net interest income (NII) saw a quarter-over-quarter increase to 284.71 billion rupees, it slightly missed the estimated 286.47 billion rupees. The core net interest margin (NIM) stood at 3.4% on total assets and 3.6% on interest-earning assets. Additionally, HDFC Bank reported a sequential rise of 4.8% in gross loans and a 1.9% increase in deposits, maintaining a steady gross bad loans figure at 1.26% of assets. The bank’s stock price closed at 1,679.15 rupees per share on January 16, 2024, reflecting the positive market response to its robust financial performance.

HDFC Bank Reports Strong Q3 FY2024 Earnings, Exceeding Expectations with Robust Loan Growth

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HDFC Bank Limited is an Indian banking and financial services company headquartered in Mumbai. It is India’s largest private sector bank by assets and world’s 10th largest bank by market capitalisation as of April 2021.