India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.16%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.16%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods , Consumer Durables and Banking sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.16%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.16%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Yes Bank Ltd (NS: YESB ), which rose 26.96% or 7.90 points to trade at 37.20 at the close. Eicher Motors Ltd. (NS: EICH ) added 2.96% or 511.35 points to end at 17765.55 and Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (NS: KTKM ) was up 2.65% or 42.60 points to 1650.55 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS: ZEE ), which lost 5.58% or 14.05 points to trade at 237.70 in late trade. Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ) declined 2.96% or 4.75 points to end at 155.85 and Bharti Infratel Ltd (NS: BHRI ) shed 2.56% or 5.65 points to 215.40.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (BO: KTKM ) which rose 2.74% to 1651.70, HCL Technologies Ltd (BO: HCLT ) which was up 2.17% to settle at 575.00 and Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which gained 2.12% to close at 2223.35.

The worst performers were Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which was down 2.06% to 1311.50 in late trade, Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO: TEML ) which lost 1.70% to settle at 757.90 and ICICI Bank Ltd (BO: ICBK ) which was down 0.74% to 504.75 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 761 to 743 and 105 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1171 fell and 1120 advanced, while 163 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 4.04% to 23.2475.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.17% or 2.85 to $1645.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.64% or 0.30 to hit $46.48 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.63% or 0.32 to trade at $50.81 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.37% to 73.255, while EUR/INR fell 0.07% to 81.8075.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 97.062.

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