HBOS shares bounce back after hitting record low

30 September 2008

Shares in HBOS bounced back this afternoon after prime minister Gordon Brown expressed his confidence that Lloyds TSB would take the bank over, despite recent concerns that thedeal might not go ahead.

Shares in the bank surged by 25% after the prime minister's statement of confidence in the deal, while shares in Lloyds TSB increased by 12%.

Earlier this morning HBOS shares fell to a record low amid speculation that Lloyds TSB was rethinking its £12 billion rescue deal.

The banking giant saw 26% of its value wiped out on Tuesday (30/09/08) as volatility rocked the market during morning trading. By early afternoon it was more than 10% down at 127.4p. In contrast, Lloyds TSB shares were given a boost, up almost 3% at 225p.

HBOS' stock slide came amid concern that the deal might not go ahead. Detractors warned that the deal would value the bank at £10.7 billion, well above its current market capitalisation of £7.5 billion. However, Standard Life has promised to back the rescue of the troubled lender on previously agreed terms.


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