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    Bharti scrip drops on bourses in early trade

    Mumbai: Shares of telecom operator Bharti airtel on Thursday fell by over 4 per cent on the bourses in morning trade after the company reported a dip of 31.48 per cent in net profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

    The shares of the country's largest telecom player fell by 4.65 per cent to touch an early low of Rs 352.40 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

    In a similar fashion, the scrip slipped by 4.74 per cent to touch a low of Rs 352.20 on the National Stock Exchange.

    According to analysts the company's results are little lower than expectation.

    "Bharti's result are little lower than expectation. The company's profits are also below estimate. But this would not impact the stock performance in today's session, which fell after the numbers were announced," SMC Capitals Strategist and Head of Research, Jagannadham Thunuguntla said.

    On the volume front, over 21 lakh shares of the company were traded on the two bourses within the first thirty minutes of trade.

    Bharti airtel on Thursday posted lower-than-expected net income at Rs 1,400.7 crore in the quarter ended March 31, 2011, down 31.48 per cent as compared to the same period last year.

    The company had reported a net profit of Rs 2,044.4 crore for the January-March quarter of the previous fiscal.

    For the full year, Bharti's net profit was down 32.64 per cent at Rs 6,046.7 crore as compared to Rs 8,976.8 crore in FY'10.

    Meanwhile, the BSE barometer Sensex was trading at 18,544.13, up by 74.77 points at 0954 hours.