Majority of the power stocks are trading on a negative note with Cesc Ltd and Torrent Power leading the pack of losers. According to a leading financial source, NTPC, the nation's top power producer, is initiating steps towards its objective of diversifying into transmission and distribution. The state-run company wants to start with offering electricity to consumers around some of its plants and is in talks with three states to trial-run the project. However, the company anticipates a resistance from regional states. NTPC has a capacity of 44,398 MW, or about 17% of the nation's total power generation capacity of 255,012.79 MW. Reportedly, the company is also looking to spend Rs 50-60 bn on acquisitions this fiscal year.
According to a leading financial daily, state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has reversed a seven-year decline in its crude oil production, showing a marginal increase in output in 2014-15. ONGC produced 22.263 million tons (MT) of crude oil during April 2014 to March 31, 2015, up from 22.247 MT in the previous fiscal. Offshore production was higher as compared to onshore production. Reportedly, ONGC is targeting a total of 26 MT of oil production in the next fiscal year. oil and gas sector was trading in the red. Profit booking was witnessed across GAIL and HPCL.