India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.21%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.21%

Investing.com – India equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , Public Sector Undertakings and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 gained 0.21%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.15%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Cipla Ltd. (NS: CIPL ), which rose 5.76% or 56.90 points to trade at 1,043.95 at the close. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NS: SUN ) added 3.73% or 32.45 points to end at 902.00 and Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS: BPCL ) was up 3.72% or 13.00 points to 362.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nestle India Ltd (NS: NEST ), which lost 1.82% or 321.65 points to trade at 17,327.45 in late trade. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (NS: MRTI ) declined 1.51% or 109.25 points to end at 7,102.55 and Tata Consumer Products Ltd (NS: TACN ) shed 1.07% or 7.75 points to 716.45.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO: SUN ) which rose 3.82% to 902.15, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (BO: REDY ) which was up 2.07% to settle at 3,974.85 and ITC Ltd (BO: ITC ) which gained 1.81% to close at 236.20.

The worst performers were Nestle India Ltd (BO: NEST ) which was down 1.56% to 17,358.10 in late trade, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO: MRTI ) which lost 1.38% to settle at 7,106.65 and NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which was down 0.75% to 131.90 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1113 to 695 and 33 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2008 rose and 1232 declined, while 114 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 0.93% to 25.34.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.16% or 3.20 to $1,997.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 3.45% or 3.66 to hit $109.68 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 3.20% or 3.50 to trade at $112.83 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.28% to 76.57, while EUR/INR rose 0.36% to 84.09.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 98.63.

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