UltraTech Cement, Ambuja Cements, JK Cement, ACC, Grasim Industries, India Cements and Ramco Cements are up 2-5% on the BSE as compared to 1.3% rise in benchmark index at 1125 hours.
All-India cement prices rose in September breaking the two-month downward trend after prices touched a yearly high of Rs 308 per bag in June. All major companies adopted aggressive price hike strategies, which led to prices rising by as much as by Rs 50-60/bag in certain markets from the monthly lows.
According to dealers, prices will continue to rise as demand recovery is expected in certain pockets, says analyst at ICICI Securities in a report dated September 30.
However, analyst expects the margins of the cement companies take a hit due to the player’s inability to fully pass on the hike in costs given the slowdown in demand.