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NEW DELHI: Shares of Reliance Industries (RIL) fell almost 3 per cent in morning trade on Monday, the first session since the company reported March quarter profit in line with estimated on Thursday.

The retail vertical and telecom subsidiary Jio supported RIL post 9.79 per cent year-on-year (YoY) rise in consolidated profit at Rs 10,362 crore. However, standalone profit slipped 1.62 per cent year-on-year to Rs 8,556 crore.

This was the first time in 17 quarters that the company saw a decline in standalone profit. The performance of RILs core refining business was not up to the mark, but better petchem margins offset that dent.

The RIL stock traded 1.95 per cent down at Rs 1,355 on BSE at 10 am.

Analysts said the stock may come under pressure as the better-than-expected March quarter profit number was already baked in the stock price.

Post quarterly numbers, brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities has maintained its neutral stance on the stock, with a target price of Rs 1,431, which is 3 per cent up from Thursdays closing price.

“RILs earnings were broadly in line with expectations. The stock reaction may be subdued as it has already run up quite a bit,” said Deepak Jasani, head of retail research at HDFC Securities.

Some market participants said lower average revenue per user (Arpu) of RILs telecom business Jio disappointed them. Arpu, a key performance parameter, fell for the fifth straight quarter to Rs 126.2 from Rs 131.7 in the previous quarter, leading to lower revenue generation.

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