ITC shares soar to record high after Budget 2023 — what brokerages recommend
ITC share price: The stock of the cigarette-to-hotel conglomerate soared to a record high on Thursday, continuing to rise a day after the Budget 2023 proposed to hike taxes on cigarettes. Here's what analysts say.
ITC shares touched a record high on Thursday, even as the Budget 2023 proposed to hike the taxes on cigarrettes the previous day. The ITC stock surged by Rs 23.1 or 6.4 per cent to an all-time high of Rs 384.5 apiece on BSE with huge volumes.
At 3 pm, ITC shares were left with a gain of Rs 14.7 or 4.1 per cent at Rs 376.2 apiece. A total of 25.8 lakh ITC shares changed hands so far in the day as against a daily average of almost seven lakh in the past two weeks, according to provisional exchange data.
Most brokerages have positive views on the ITC stock, with targets ranging from Rs 374 to Rs 430.
|Morgan Stanley||ITC||Overweight||Rs 374|
|Goldman Sachs||ITC||Buy||Raised to Rs 430 from Rs 410|
|Citi||ITC||Buy||Raised to Rs 415 from Rs 390|
In her Budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday announced a hike in the National Calamity Cintingent Duty (NCCD) on cigarettes — or taxes on cigarettes — by 16 per cent. This is the first increase in the NCCD on cigarettes since the Union Budget for the financial year 2020-21, in which the government had raised the duty by 2-4 times.
Here's a look at the changes in the taxes applicable to cigarettes across categories:
|Description||Excise duty rate (in rupees per 1,000 sticks)|
|Other than filter cigarettes, of length not exceeding 65 mm||200||230|
|Other than filter cigarettes, of length exceeding 65 mm but not exceeding 70 mm||250||290|
|Filter cigarettes of length not exceeding 65 mm||440||510|
|Filter cigarettes of length exceeding 65 mm but not exceeding 70 mm||440||510|
|Filter cigarettes of length exceeding 70 mm but not exceeding 75 mm||545||630|
|Cigarettes of tobacco substitutes||600||690|
|(Source: Budget 2023-24)|
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ITC is scheduled to report its financial results for the October-December period on Friday.
What to expect in ITC shares after Budget 2023
Many experts remain positive on cigarettes-to-hotels conglomerate ITC's growth prospects.
In an interaction with Zee Business Managing Editor Anil Singhvi on Wednesday, Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities CEO Rahul Arora said that the government's move will only impact a section of ITC's portfolio.
"This is not a blanket hike on ITC products," Arora explained.
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On Wednesday, the stock experienced an initial knee-jerk reaction but soon recovered to finish the day in the green.
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