As expected, the recent fall in stock markets is not affecting RIL stock price as much due to the fact that on any massive fall RIL does aggressive buying of it's own shares under the ongoing buyback programme. As on May 24, RIL had purchased a total of 19.22 million shares.
Rough calculations show the company has so far bought shares worth Rs 1,364 crore, about 13 per cent of the maximum buyback amount. RIL’s Rs 10,440-crore buyback offer is the largest ever in India Inc’s history. The programme started on February 7 and is scheduled to continue till January 19, 2013.
Though the buyback program began in February, it gained momentum only in May. The company picked up 12 million shares in May 2012 as against three million in April. Interestingly, 25 percent of the share trading volume in the RIL counter this month has come from the buyback.
InvestorZclub believes that the stock is looking attractive in terms of valuations and Rs 680 to 700 range should act as strong support zone.