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PSU bank shares on a weak footing The Nifty PSU Bank index, which slid 8.4 per cent last week to 3,189, is likely to extend losses if technical analysts are to be believed. Chartists say the index could drop another 5-10 per cent if it drops below 3,100. “After sharp losses, the index is close to levels seen just ahead of the recapitalisation announcement in October. If the index fails to sustain at above current levels, it could drop by as much as 10 per cent,” said a technical analyst. The Nifty PSU Bank index had surged 30 per cent in a single day on October 25 with high volumes.
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