Meaning of Bank Nifty: Nifty Bank Index (BNK Index) is comprised of the most liquid and large capitalised Indian Banking Stocks which trade on the National Stock Exchange (NSE). Performance of all these twelve stocks provides investors and market intermediaries with a benchmark that captures the capital market performance of the Indian banking sector.

Bank nifty Index was launched on September 15,2003. The Bank Nifty Index has 12 stocks from the banking sector. The Movement in these stocks. BNK Index moves according to movements of major banking stocks.

The BNK Index composition do not remain same always as the stocks which do not perform and leads to a fall in their market capitalization are replaced by other banks which performs and have their market cap more than these under-performers.

Bank Nifty Calculation Methodology

The Bank Nifty Index is computed using free-float adjusting market capitalization with base date of Jan 1, 2000 indexed to base value of 1000.

The Index level directly reflects the value of all the stock of that Index.

Performance and price movement of BNK is dependent on mostly Top 5-6 stocks.  Top Constituents by weighted List is given below in the table as on January 31,2019

Company’s NameWeight (%)
HDFC Bank Ltd.35.23
ICICI Bank Ltd.18.51
Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.13.22
Axis Bank Ltd.10.11
State Bank of India8.68
IndusInd Bank6.08
Yes Bank Ltd.2.83
RBL Bank Ltd.1.85
Federal Bank Ltd.1.34
Bank of Baroda0.84

How to Trade Nifty Bank?

You can trade in to Bank Nifty Index by trading in the BNK Futures and Options. Let’s more about BNK Future and Option.

~ Performance of Nifty Bank Since 2005 ~

Performance of BNK Since 2005
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Meaning of BNK Future

Bank Nifty Future(BNK Future) is a derivative contract traded on the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) Whose underlying is BNK Index. Means that BNK Futures will derive its value from BNK Index which depends on the movement of top banking stocks in the Index. The Future Contract on BNK Index was launched on 13 June, 2005.

Live Price : BNK Future

From the starting date to expiry date, Future contracts can be traded. The specification of Bank Nifty Futures Contract is:

Instrument TypeFUTIDX
Underlying IndexBank Nifty
Lot Size20 Units
Expiry Datelast Thursday of the expiry Month.
Trading HoursMonday to Friday – 9:15 am to 3:30 pm
Trading Cycle3 – Month trading Cycle – the near month, the next month, and the far month.
Daily settlement PriceLast half hour’s weighted average price
Final Settlement PriceFinal settlement price for a BNK Futures contract shall be the closing Market segment of NSE India on the last Thursday of the contract month
Final Settlement ProcedureFinal Settlement will be cash settled in INR based on final Settlement price
SettlementAll the Future contracts are cash settled in INR.

BNK Options

The option contract is the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a particular futures contract at a specific price (Strike Price) on or before certain expiration date.

Option is the contract between two parties wherein the buyer receives a privilege for which he pays a premium and the seller accepts an obligation for which he receives a fee.

Traders can trade Through the BNK Option contract and it is European style and cash settlements are based on the BNK Index.

The Bank Nifty Contract Specifications are:

  • Instrument Type: OPTIDX (i.e. Option on Index)
  • Underlaying instrument Index is BNK.
  • Option Type: CE/PE (Call or Put option)
  • Expiry date: Date of contract expiry
  • Strike Price: Strike price for the contract
  • Strike price Intervals: The number of contracts provided in options on Index is based on the range in previous day’s closing value of the underlying index and applicable as per the below table:
Index LevelStrike IntervalNo of Strikes
≤ 2000508-1-8
>2000 up to ≤ 30001006-1-6
>3000 up to ≤ 40001008-1-8
>4000 up to ≤ 600010012-1-12
>600010016 –1-16

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