May 26, 2017 / 12:21 PM / 2 months ago

ONGC reports 6 percent fall in fourth-quarter net profit

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A technician works at the Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) wells at its oil field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, September 30, 2016.Amit Dave/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC.NS), India's biggest hydrocarbon explorer, reported a 6 percent fall in fourth-quarter net profit to 43.40 billion rupees ($673 million) hurt by a one-time provision.

Analysts on average had expected a profit of 49.91 billion rupees.

Total income of 262.34 billion rupees was up almost 30 percent on higher crude oil prices.

($1 = 64.4750 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Promit Mukherjee; editing by Jason Neely

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