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A worker fills a car with diesel at a fuel station in Ahmedabad September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

A worker fills a car with diesel at a fuel station in Ahmedabad September 13, 2012.

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Reuters Market Eye - Shares in state-run oil marketing companies surge after the government allows them to set diesel prices, despite uncertainty about the specifics of the announcement.

Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL.NS) gains 8.9 percent, after touching its highest level since October 2011, while Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL.NS) gains 5.9 percent, and Indian Oil Corp (IOC.NS) is up 7.8 percent.

HPCL has gained 12.1 percent in 2013, as of Wednesday's close, adding 11.95 billion rupees to its market cap.

"Worst time for refineries companies is by and by coming to an end. Refineries shares are quoting at ridiculous valuation," said Vijay Kedia, director at Kedia Securities, talking about their low valuations.

HPCL ends up 5.4 pct, BPCL ends up 3.7 pct, IOC ends up 6.4 pct.

(Reporting by Abhishek Vishnoi)

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