ITC, Colgate-Palmolive, Marico, Gillette India, Jubilant Foodworks and Godrej Consumer Products are up 2-7%. Hindustan Unilever was up nearly 1% at Rs 766, hit new high of Rs 774 during intra-day trade on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).
The NSE CNX FMCG index, the largest gainer among sectoral indices, up nearly 3% to 20,033 compared to 0.15% rise in the benchmark CNX Nifty at 1415 hours.
Colgate-Palmolive (India) has surged 5% to Rs 1,877, also its record high on NSE, after reporting an 18% increase in net profit at Rs 130 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2014, on back of strong volume growth. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 110 crore for the same period of previous fiscal.
The company posted a volume growth of 7% for the quarter on toothpaste and continued to enhance its leadership position in toothpaste category by registering a volume market share of 56.7% for the period Jan'14-Sep'14, an increase of 80 basis points over the same period of the previous year, the statement said.
ITC rallied 4% to Rs 369 on back of heavy volumes after Harsh Vardhan on Sunday replaced by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jagat Prakash Nadda as the union health minister.
A combined 11.9 million shares changed hands against an average sub 6 million shares that were traded daily in past two weeks on NSE and BSE.
Shares of ITC underperformed the market in post-poll rally. The stock declined 3.3% from Rs 368 on May 15 to Rs 356 till yesterday. The benchmark CNX Nifty rallied 16% during the same period. The stock touched a low of Rs 314 on June 23, 2014.
Among the other individual stocks, Gillette India zoomed 8% to 3,244, also its new high, while Marico (up 3% at Rs 317) and Godrej Consumer Products (2% at Rs 940) on NSE.