LIC, the biggest institutional investor in the stock market, held 3.71 percent stake in Infosys during the October-December quarter, which has fallen to 3.25 percent as of March 31, 2014

The state-run firm has been reducing its stake in Infosys since June quarter. It held 6.72 percent stake in the country's second largest software services exporter at the end of June 30, 2012, as per the latest data available with the stock exchanges.

Taking into account the current market value of Infosys shares, the 0.4 percent decline in LIC's holding in the company would be worth about Rs 852 crore. Infosys shares closed at Rs 3,235.80 level on Friday.

Infosys, which is scheduled to report its fourth quarter earnings tomorrow, is expecting a sluggish growth in revenue during the quarter.

Company's CEO and MD SD Shibulal, last month, said he expects sluggish growth in January-March quarter due to muted spending by clients, especially in retail sector. He had also said that muted growth in the fourth quarter of 2013-14 may spill over to the next financial year as well.

Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy was brought back to head the IT major in June last year, following quarters of laggard performance. Meanwhile, the company scrips have underperformed the broader market by declining nearly 6 per cent compared to 5.7 percent surge in the BSE's benchmark Sensex during the March quarter.

LIC appears to have sold shares at a time when Foreign Institutional investors (FII) shored up their stake. FIIs hiked their stake in Infosys to 42.10 percent in the January-March quarter from 40.65 percent in the preceding three months. However, domestic institutional investors reduced their exposure in Infosys to 13.66 percent in January-March period of 2014 from 15.35 percent in the preceding quarter.


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