Ryk van Niekerk
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6 Apr 2017
11:27 am

Banks continue to tank after S&P downgrade

Ryk van Niekerk

Banking index down 12% in two weeks.

Standard Bank initially indicated that they plan on closing 91 branches, with 1200 employers potentially losing their jobs. Picture: Moneyweb

Banking shares continued to tank on Thursday morning, after rating agency Standard and Poor’s confirmed that it has downgraded South Africa’s four major banks’ credit rating to sub-investment grade.

This was not unexpected, as the ratings of banks are linked to the country’s sovereign rating, which S&P downgraded on Monday.

All the major banks shed between 2% and 3% shortly after the opening of the market, continuing the stark selloff that started after news broke that President Jacob Zuma recalled finance minister Pravin Gordhan from an international investor roadshow.

The share prices continued to tank after the president fired Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, a few days later.

Over the past two weeks, the banking index has shed 14.7%.


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