Jewellery stocks take a hit after PNB fraud

New Delhi, Feb 15: Shares of Gitanjali Gems today plunged up to 19 per cent in morning trade after the company came under scanner of various investigating agencies following the Punjab National Bank's declaration of nearly Rs 11,400-crore fraud. The stock today opened on a bearish note at Rs 48, then lost further ground to touch a low of Rs 47.50, down 18.94 per cent over its previous closing price. 


Similar movement was seen on the NSE as well, where the stock tanked 18.73 per cent to a low of Rs 47.50. 


Punjab National Bank yesterday disclosed that it has detected some fraudulent transactions with financial implication of USD 1.77 billion (about Rs 11,346 crore) and the matter has been referred to law enforcement agencies for the recovery. "Four big jewellers -- Gitanjali, Ginni, Nakshatra and Nirav Modi -- are under scanner.

PTI