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Indian Banks cuts home loan interest rate by 0.25%

Public sector lender Allahabad Bank has decided to reduce interest rate on housing loans by 25 basis points for both floating and fixed term loans up to Rs 20 lakh aday after UCO Bank announced cut in home loan rate. Public sector banks seem to have paid heed to finance minister's P Chidambabram's exhortations earlier this month to reduce home loan rates. The 0.25% cut is effective April 1 on all fresh sanctions. The minimum interest for 5-year period will be 9.5 per cent per annum and maximum 10.5 per cent for 15-25 years in PLR-linked loans. The minimum interest on housing loan for five-year period will be 9.5 per cent per annum and maximum would be 10.50 per cent a year for a period of 15 to 25 years in PLR-linked loans. The bank is also approaching its Board for further reduction in Prime Lending Rate to make all PLR-linked loans more comfortable for its borrowers. This news wasn't enough to revive the share price on a day when bank stocks were slaughtered at the markets. Shares of Allahabad Bank closed 5.28 per cent down to Rs.76.25 on the Bombay Stock Exchange today.

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