ONGC replaces RIL as top valued firm

ONGC replaces RIL as top valued firm

Mumbai: State-run ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation) on Friday toppled billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) as the country’s most valued company, as a regular game of musical chairs for the top slot continued in the stock market.

With a market valuation of Rs2,37,842 crore, slightly higher than RIL’s Rs2,35,571 crore, the PSU energy major reclaimed the top position from the private msector corporate giant after a gap of nearly four-and-half years.

However, ONGC’s lead over RIL is barely about 1% (about Rs2,200 crore) and their performances would be keenly watched when stock market resumes trading next week.

RIL had first toppled ONGC to become the country’s most-valued firm way back in late 2006, but the state-run energy giant later reclaimed the top position, albeit only for a few brief period. RIL has managed to stay on the top since February 2007, except for past few days.

A situation similar to game of musical chairs is evident in the stock market for past few days when there have been many twists and turns in the top positions of the country’s most valued firms.

Earlier on 17 August, state-run Coal India Ltd (CIL) dethroned RIL as the top-valued firm, ending the private sector energy’s giant over four-year reign at the top.

Two days later on 19 August, RIL briefly slipped to the third position after CIL and ONGC but returned to the second slot at the time of the market closing.

However, CIL’s top position proved to be short-lived as RIL reclaimed this position within six days on 23 August.

A day later on 24 August, CIL lost further ground and slipped to the third position after RIL and ONGC.