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Infosys soars 17%, mcap up Rs 22,524 crore on higher guidance

Last Updated: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 18:21

Mumbai: Shares of Infosys on Friday zoomed by nearly 17 percent, adding Rs 22,524 crore to its market value, on stronger-than-expected quarterly profit and upward full-year sales forecast.

After gaining over 17 percent during the day, the stock finally closed at Rs 2,712.60, up 16.90 percent on the BSE.

On the NSE, the scrip ended 17.04 percent higher at Rs 2,718.

Following the rise, the market value of Infosys jumped by Rs 22,524 crore to Rs 1,55,766 crore.

"Infosys results were ahead of our estimates on all fronts. Improved management's commentary illustrates that client confidence on IT spending is turning positive," IndiaNivesh Securities said in a report.

Infosys net profit at Rs 2,369 crore in October-December was marginally lower than Rs 2,372 crore logged in the same period a year ago.

That prompted Infosys to raise its sales forecast by about 3 percent to Rs 40,746 crore, including USD 104 million in additional revenue following the acquisition of Switzerland -based consultancy Lodestone Holdings.

"Infosys beat the estimate and upgraded its guidance for on back of growth from the European & domestic region. The current quarter performance will infuse confidence," Rikesh Parikh, VP Markets Strategy and Equities, Motilal Oswal Securities said.

In the October-December quarter, the IT major's revenues (including that of acquired Swiss firm Lodestone) were up 12.1 percent to Rs 10,424 crore. Its revenues stood at Rs 9,298 crore in the year-ago period.

The company has raised its sales forecast for FY13 to be "at least USD 7.45 billion" (from USD 7.34 billion stated earlier), including USD 104 million in additional revenue from Lodestone. This is about 6.5 percent growth over last year.

"When it comes to Infosys, much more than the results, what is watched out for is the forecast," said Nagji K Rita, Chairman & MD, Inventure Growth & Securities.

Rise in Infosys shares also sparked a rally in other IT stocks. TCS ended 3.80 percent higher, Wipro (6.10 percent), Hexaware Tech (3.31 percent) and Tech Mahindra (1.34 percent).

Following gains in these stocks, the BSE IT index shot-up by 9.34 percent to close at 6,252.26 and was the top gainer among the 13 sectoral indices.
The 30-scrip BSE Sensex ended flat at 19,663.64.


First Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 13:19
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