Hindustan Unilever shares: Nomura, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley cut rating

Reuters Posted: Jan 23, 2013 at 1030 hrs
Mumbai A number of investment banks, including Credit Suisse and Nomura, cut their ratings on Hindustan Unilever Ltd, a day after India\'s largest consumer goods maker disappointed investors with slower-than-expected volume growth and a hike in royalty payments.

Credit Suisse cut its rating on Hindustan Unilever to "neutral", while domestic brokerage IDFC downgraded it to "underperformer".

CLSA cut the company to "sell" from "outperform," while Nomura cut its rating to "reduce" from "neutral".

Morgan Stanley downgraded Hindustan Unilever Ltd to 'underweight' from 'equal-weight', citing disappointing October-December volume growth and the impact on earnings from its hike in royalty payments.

Morgan Stanley also cut its price target to 405 rupees from 510 rupees. A slew of other banks have also cut their ratings on Hindustan Unilever after its quarterly results on Tuesday.

Hindustan Unilever shares were down 5.3 percent as of 0348 GMT.

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