Enter multiple symbols separated by commas

StanChart CEO: Emerging market slowdown talk 'overblown'

Talk of a slowdown in emerging markets as a result of the Federal Reserve scaling back asset purchases is "really overblown," the group chief executive of Standard Chartered Bank told CNBC on Wednesday, even as he dismissed speculation the bank is a takeover target.

Speaking to CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Peter Sands said he was "not at all concerned" about slowing growth in emerging markets, the bank's primary area of focus.

"When you look at where the fastest growth is going to happen, the most amount of wealth creation, the growth of the consumer classes -- it's still in the emerging markets, that fundamental story hasn't changed," he said. "I'm not complacent, but fundamentally 2014 looks pretty good."

Standard Chartered's London-listed shares have fallen 17 percent over the past year on weakness in developing countries.

On Tuesday, the Financial Times reported that the cheaper valuation for StanChart was prompting speculation the bank could be a takeover target. But Sands rejected the report on Wednesday.

"There is speculation that I read and then don't comment on and then there is speculation that is such rubbish I don't even bother to read and this falls in that category," he told CNBC.

StanChart shares rose 0.6 percent on Wednesday after rising more than 3 percent on Tuesday on buyout speculation.

Banks have been through a rocky year, with regulatory proposals in Europe and litigation on the back of high-profile scandals weighing on the sector.

(Read more: Standard Chartered shake-up: Exec paid for quitting)

Asia-focused Standard Chartered, or StanChart as it is known, has not been immune.

In 2012, the bank was accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and was forced to pay $667 million to U.S. regulators. In 2013, its South Korean business suffered a $1 billion writedown. In the latest bit of bad news for the bank, its finance director and the head of its consumer banking arm announced their departures from the bank this month.

Davos: Top interviews and more


Latest Special Reports

  • Financial Advisor

    CNBC looks at how technology, product development, succession plans and client relations impact financial advisory firms.

  • Waitress tablet

    Trailblazers leveraging the power of technology and innovation to grow their business—and disrupt the competition.

  • Is an active twist on passive investing the right portfolio move? An inside look at the rise of ETF strategists.

World Economy

  • Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo poses near a banner which reads "Charlie Hebdo, Honorary citizen of Paris," displayed in front of the City Hall.

    Developed countries across Europe are becoming more vulnerable to terrorism, mostly due to the rising power of the Islamic State and other Islamist extremist groups.

  • Workers check the valves at the Taq Taq oil field in Arbil, Iraq, in this Aug. 16, 2014 photo.

    Iraq's Kurdistan region will sell its oil independently of Baghdad if the national government does not pay the money it owes, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government told CNBC.

  • The U.S. has missed out by deciding to not join a China-led international investment bank, a senior executive at General Electric told CNBC.