New Delhi: ITC on Friday went past Hindustan Unilever to become the country’s fourth most valued firm in terms of market valuation helped by a smart surge in its share price.

At close of trade, ITC shares ended 5.24% higher at 302.20 on BSE. Intra-day, it zoomed 6.91% to 307 — its 52-week high. The stock was the top gainer among the 30-Sensex blue chips.

Led by the sharp rally in the stock, the company’s market valuation rose to 3,69,259.15 crore, which was 10,460.27 crore more than that of HUL’s 3,58,798.88 crore m-cap on BSE. With this, ITC also became the most valued FMCG company.

HUL shares ended 0.64% lower at 1,657.55 on BSE. During the day, it slipped 1.51% to 1,643.

Shares of ITC have been on a rising spree for the seventh straight session, surging nearly 13%. ITC yesterday reported 10% rise in standalone net profit at₹2,818.68 crore for the first quarter ended 30 June, aided by lower expenses, good growth in agri-business and other FMCG business despite decline in cigarettes sales.

TCS is the country’s most valued firm with a market cap of 7,43,930.44 crore followed by RIL ( 7,15,772.03 crore), HDFC Bank ( 5,82,044.68 crore), ITC and HUL in the top five order on BSE.

Rise in ITC was also instrumental in sending the BSE benchmark index higher by 352.21 points to close at 37,336.85.

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