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BSE, NSE caution investors on 300 illiquid stocks

Bourses advise traders to exercise addl due diligence, while trading in these securities

Breakdown in the benchmark indices looming large

Breakdown in the benchmark indices looming large

New Delhi : To safeguard interests of investors, leading stock exchanges BSE and NSE have asked their trading members to take extra caution while trading in over 300 illiquid stocks.

Illiquid stocks are those that can't be sold easily because they see limited trading. These stocks pose higher risks to investors because it is difficult to find buyers for them as compared to frequently traded shares.

In similar-worded circulars issued on Wednesday, both exchanges advised their trading members "to exercise additional due diligence while trading in these securities either on own account or on behalf of their clients."

BSE and NSE have listed out 299 and 13 illiquid stocks, respectively, where additional due diligence is required. Illiquid scrips listed by BSE include Garware Marine Industries, Mefcom Capital Markets, Ekam Leasing & Finance Company, Maruti Securities, Bangalore Fort Farms, Gujarat Investa, Golechha Global Finance, Vertex Securities, Munoth Financial Services, and Indo Asia Finance.

The 13 stocks identified by NSE are: Bkm Industries, BSEL Infrastructure Realty, Creative Eye, Eurotex Industries and Exports, Grand Foundry, Gujarat Lease Financing, GTN Textiles, Hotel Rugby, Kaushalya Infrastructure Development Corporation, Nagreeka Capital and Infrastructure, Norben Tea and Exports, Neueon Towers and TCI Finance.

Based on the trading activity during the period October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, these scrips which will be traded in periodic call auction mechanism from April 12, 2021, the exchanges said in circulars.

The criteria for shifting securities in periodic call auction mechanism is decided in consultation with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) and applied uniformly across the stock exchanges and reviewed periodically.

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