Shares in Credit Analysis and Research Ltd (CARE) rose as much as 31.3 per cent in their trading debut on 26 December' 2012, after the credit rating service provider attracted strong response for its $98 million initial public offering.
CARE shares on the National Stock Exchange were up 23 per cent at Rs 923.50 as of 12:13 p.m. from its IPO price of 750 rupees. The shares had opened at Rs 940 and risen to as much as Rs 985.
Investors were attracted by CARE's fundamentals as the ratings provider was seen as having a strong net worth position and no debt on a consolidated basis, analysts said.
CARE also allocated most of the shares in its IPO to institutional investors, analysts added, boosting the retail bid on the listing day.
"Since people have not been able to get decent allotment in the CARE IPO, there is lot of appetite on the day of listing as investors are looking at this stock as a good long-term bet," said Hiten Gala, senior manager advisory at Brokerage Sharekhan.
CARE had raised Rs 5.4 billion in an IPO that was over-subscribed by nearly 41 times, receiving overwhelming response from institutional buyers.
The listing price was higher than the Rs 900 IPO price expected by most analysts.
CARE is the first of three stocks expected to make their debut this week.
Jewellery retailer PC Jeweller will start trading on Thursday after raising Rs 6.09 billion at Rs 135 a share.
Telecoms tower operator Bharti Infratel Ltd will make its debut on Friday after raising $760 million this month, marking India's biggest IPO in two years.