Shares of the state-run oil marketing companies fell by 2% to 3.10% at 11:19 IST on BSE after Brent crude prices moved higher.HPCL (down 3.10%), BPCL (down 2.33%) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) (down 2%) declined.
Meanwhile, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 127.35 points, or 0.35%, at 35,764.17.
In the global commodities markets, Brent for March 2019 settlement was down 78 cents at $54.13 a barrel. The contract jumped $1.11 a barrel or 2.06% to settle at $54.91 a barrel during the previous trading session.
Higher crude oil prices could increase under-recoveries of public-sector undertaking oil marketing companies (PSU OMCs) on domestic sale of LPG and kerosene at controlled prices. The government has already freed pricing of petrol and diesel.
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