Reliance Industries Now India’s Most-Valued Company


MUMBAI – Reliance Industries on Monday reclaimed the numero-uno position in the domestic market capitalisation charts, racing past state-run ONGC to emerge as the country’s most-valued company yet again.

With a market value of Rs 242283 crore at 1027 hours this morning, RIL surpassed ONGC’s market cap of Rs 238270 crore to reclaim the top position.

On Friday, ONGC had toppled billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries to claim the title of the country’s most-valued company.

Shares of RIL went up by 3.49% to touch an early high of Rs 744.65 on the BSE on Monday. The surge in the bellwether stock was a significant contributor to the overall bullish trend in the market, with the benchmark Sensex trading higher by 348.39 points at 16197.22 at 1027 hours.

The share price of ONGC, too, rose by 1.43% to touch an early peak of Rs 282 on the BSE.

At the end of Friday’s trade, RIL had a market cap of Rs 235571 crore, while ONGC commanded a market value of Rs 237842 crore.

RIL had first toppled ONGC to become the country’s most-valued firm way back in late 2006, but the state-run energy giant later reclaimed the top position, albeit only for a few brief period.

In the past few days, a veritable game of musical chairs has been played out between the country’s most-valued firms on the bourses.

Earlier, on August 17, state-run Coal India Ltd (CIL) had dethroned RIL to become the country’s top-valued firm.

Then, two days later on August 19, RIL briefly slipped to third position in the valuation charts, after CIL and ONGC, only to reclaim the No. 2 position by the market close.

CIL’s stint at the top proved to be short-lived, with RIL reclaiming this position within six days on August 23.