ONGC, SBI biggest losers in market cap past week

ONGC, SBI biggest losers in market cap past week

Mumbai: Hit by huge losses in the market capitalisation (m-cap) of state-owned ONGC and SBI, the combined market worth of eight of the country’s top-10 firms diminished by 78,553.96 crore during last week.

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) suffered a loss of 26,222.55 crore from its market cap which stood at 2,34,462.93 crore as on Friday’s trade on the BSE.

Last week, the government increased the burden of fuel subsidy payable by upstream oil firms, including ONGC, from one-third to 38.8 per cent for 2010-11 fiscal.

ONGC, Oil India and GAIL have been ordered to contribute 30,296.75 crore (38.8 per cent). ONGC has been asked to chip in with 24,892.43 crore.

Similarly, the m-cap of country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) eroded by 20,764.18 crore to 1,47,447.85 crore as its net profit tanked by about 99% to 20.8 crore in the quarter ended March, 2011.

In the week gone by, sentiments dampened after SBI posted a sharp dip in Q4 profits and the government increased the subsidy burden on ONGC.

Corporate leader Reliance Industries’ m-cap also dropped by 8,920.51 crore to 3,01,627.66 crore.

Maharatna PSU Coal India, too, witnessed en erosion of 13,074.86 crore from its valuation which stood at 2,31,210.36 crore, while power producer NTPC’s market cap slipped by 1,401.73 crore to 1,42,935.05 crore.

IT bellwether Infosys Technologies market valuation dipped by 1,693.71 crore to 1,63,661.48 crore, while diversified business group ITC lost 2,863.1 crore to 1,43,773.9 crore.

Top private sector lender ICICI Bank, too, saw a decline of 3,613.32 crore from its m-cap which stood at 1,20,296.56 crore.

In contrast, IT giant TCS and telecom major Bharti airtel witnessed gains in their respective m-cap.

The market worth of TCS swelled by 9,531.57 crore to 2,30,245.01 crore, while that of Bharti went up by 2,468.39 crore to 1,41,913.32 crore.

Meanwhile, in the week gone by, the BSE benchmark Sensex fell by 1.1% to settle at 18,326.09.