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Oil and gas stocks inch higher; Brokerages see up to 45% upside

Oil and gas stocks inched higher on Friday’s early trades as the Government of India (GoI) was mulling over a further reduction of the windfall tax on exports of locally produced oil and diesel.

Some of the gainers include Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (up 0.86%), Gujarat Gas (NS:) Ltd (up 2.67%), Indian Oil (NS:) Corporation Ltd (up 0.79%), and Bharat Petroleum (NS:) Corporation Ltd (up 0.32%).

On the other hand, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (NS:) (down 0.19%), GAIL (NS:) (India) Ltd (down 0.43%), Adani Total Gas (NS:) Ltd (down 1.20%) and Reliance Industries Ltd (NS:) (down 0.76%) moved lower.

On December 01, 2022, the Government of India reduced the windfall tax on export from ₹10,200 per tonne to ₹4,900 per tonne. In addition, it reduced the duty on diesel export from ₹10.50 per litre to ₹8 per litre. These changes have become effective from December 02, 2022.

Here are a few stocks in which brokerages see an upside:

Reliance Industries Ltd

The shares of Reliance Industries jumped by more than 7% in the past month. They were trading at ₹ 2723.70 (up 0.015%) at 01:03 PM on Friday. Jefferies has raised the target price of Reliance industries to ₹ 3,100.00. This translates to an upside of 13.825% as compared to its current share price. The brokerage said that the removal of the export duty could boost Reliance Industries’ FY24 EBITDA by $1 billion.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL)

BPCL’s shares were trading at ₹ 340.80 apiece at 01:08 PM on Friday. Brokerage firm Sharekhan is bullish on the stock and has recommended a buy rating with a target price of ₹ 375.00. This implies an upside of 10.04% as compared to the current share price. It said that the gradual petrol/diesel price hikes or decline in crude oil prices coupled with the likely normalisation of refining margins would drive earnings recovery in H2FY23-FY24.

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC (NS:))

ONGC’s shares were trading at ₹ 141.35 apiece at 01:17 PM on Friday. JM Financial (NS:) has a buy call on the shares with a target price of ₹ 205.00. This translates to an upside of 45.03% as compared to the current share price. ONGC is the largest crude oil and Company in India. It contributes around 71 per cent to Indian domestic production.

Written by Simran Bafna

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