MARKET EYE-India's ITC gains as fears of duty hike recede

Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:04pm IST

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* Shares in ITC gain 0.9 percent to 300 rupees, not far
off a record high of 306.50 rupees hit on Dec. 12, 2012, as
investors see previous fears of a potential duty on cigarettes
as having dragged down the stock excessively.
* Shares in the cigarette maker fell 11.7 percent in December on
fears of tougher regulations on tobacco products. 
* Buying in defensive stocks this week on nervousness ahead of
the RBI policy review on Tuesday also seen helping.
* ITC shares have risen 3.5 percent this week, as of Thursday's
close compared with a fall of 0.6 percent in India's BSE index
.
* ITC last week beat estimates with a 21 percent rise in
quarterly profit as cigarette volumes improved after four
quarters of stagnant growth. 

 (abhishek.vishnoi@thomsonreuters.com /;
abhishek.vishnoi.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)
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