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Novartis To Cut Stake In India Unit, Shares Up 10.7%

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Novartis India Ltd shares gained as much as 10.7 per cent after parent Novartis AG said in a statement it will sell shares of its Indian unit via stock exchanges to reduce its holding.

The sale of shares in Novartis India is intended to comply with the regulation that at least 25 per cent of private companies shares' must be held by public shareholders by June.

Novartis India would need to sell a 1.42 per cent stake to comply with those norms.

Novartis India shares gain 2.5 per cent after earlier falling to their lowest level since May 17, 2010.

India's Supreme Court is due to decide on April 1 whether Novartis AG's cancer treatment Glivec deserves a patent in the country.