Rising crude, uncertainty ahead of elections keep analysts wary on OMCs

Analysts say the already weakening marketing margins will be a concern ahead as the fate of OMCs remains tied to uncertain crude prices and the inability to raise prices amid the coming elections

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Harshita Singh New Delhi

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Notwithstanding the robust turnaround in the financial performance for the June quarter (Q1FY24), stocks of state-run oil marketing companies have been in a downtrend in the last month. The fall comes on a rise in crude oil prices that have surged to a 7-month high of $88 a barrel.

A busy political calendar in the months ahead that may see the government keep a lid on auto fuel prices is also a dampener, analysts said.

Shares of Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL), Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) and Indian Oil (IOC) have shed 9-11 per cent since their respective earnings announcement between July 26 to August 4 .

First Published: Sep 04 2023 | 2:09 PM IST

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