BNP Paribas downgrades ONGC to 'hold'

MUMBAI Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:48am IST

A technician works inside the Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) group gathering station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

A technician works inside the Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) group gathering station on the outskirts of Ahmedabad March 2, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Amit Dave/Files

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MUMBAI (Reuters) - BNP Paribas downgraded Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd(ONGC.NS) to "hold" from "buy", saying the recent rally in share prices already factored in the prospect of an increase in diesel prices.

India last month allowed state fuel retailers to gradually raise the price of diesel.

BNP Paribas said it preferred Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL.NS) as a play on potential diesel price hikes.

(Reporting by Abhishek Vishnoi; Editing by Prateek Chatterjee)

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