Reliance Jio Infocomm hits Bharti Airtel where it hurts, rating down, shares slump

Reuters Posted online: Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 0000 hrs
Mumbai : Shares of Bharti Airtel slump 3.5 per cent after Credit Suisse downgrades the stock to "underperform" from "neutral" and reduces the target price to Rs 265 rupees from Rs 275, citing competition from rival Reliance Jio's, a unit of Reliance Industries.

"Given its large spectrum holding and ongoing large-scale investments, we believe Reliance Jio's network at launch can add significant capacity to the sector - 60-80% of Bharti's current installed capacity," Credit Suisse said in a report on Thursday.

The stock has 32 "buys", 9 "holds" and 2 "sell" ratings, Thomson Reuters data shows.