ITC shares slump as FTSE cuts free float weighting

MUMBAI Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:02pm IST

A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in Kolkata September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in Kolkata September 4, 2012.

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - ITC(ITC.NS) slumped as much as 3.9 percent on Thursday after FTSE lowered its free float weighting for the cigarette maker in its global equity index series, according to the web site of the index provider.

The changes, which are effecting as of the close of trade on December 21, would impact passive trackers of FTSE indexes. Citigroup said in a note the change in free float weighting could lead to selling of 36 million shares in ITC, amounting to $200 million.

FTSE also increased Kotak Mahindra Bank's (KTKM.NS) free float weighting to 35 percent from 33 percent and IndusInd Bank's (INBK.NS) to 49 percent from 24 percent.

ITC shares were down 3.7 percent as of 11:32 a.m., but IndusInd Bank gained 2.3 percent. Kotak Mahindra was down 0.2 percent. (Reporting by Abhishek Vishnoi and Manoj Dharra)

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