State-run oil companies rally on fuel price hike

State-run oil companies rally on fuel price hike

Shares of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) surged by 8.29 per cent to touch a month's high of Rs 687 on the BSE, while Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) gained 6.12 per cent to touch a one-month high of Rs 416.55.

Indian Oil Corp also saw buying interest, with the scrip shooting up by 6.79 per cent to a month's high of Rs 360.

Flagship exploration firm Oil & Natural Gas Corp advanced by 9 per cent to hit a month's peak of Rs 297.40, while Oil India was trading higher by 6.24 per cent and GAIL (India) by 2.03 per cent.

Led by gains in these stocks, the BSE Oil & Gas index was trading at 9,221.89, up 1.97 per cent and was the top performer among the sectoral indices.

The government on Friday increased diesel price by Rs 3 per litre, domestic LPG by Rs 50 per cylinder and kerosene by Rs 2 per litre, which would help the oil companies reduce their revenue loss by Rs 21,000 crore.

Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex was trading higher by 140.14 points at 18,380.82 at 1025 hours.

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