India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.27%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.27% – India equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Consumer Durables , Healthcare and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 gained 0.27%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.32%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Divi's Laboratories Ltd. (NS: DIVI ), which rose 1.89% or 83.95 points to trade at 4519.65 at the close. ICICI Bank Ltd (NS: ICBK ) added 1.49% or 9.40 points to end at 640.25 and Reliance Industries Ltd (NS: RELI ) was up 1.48% or 31.10 points to 2129.05 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tata Steel Ltd (NS: TISC ), which lost 2.37% or 27.55 points to trade at 1136.00 in late trade. Britannia Industries Ltd (NS: BRIT ) declined 1.40% or 50.50 points to end at 3545.30 and JSW Steel Ltd (NS: JSTL ) shed 1.36% or 9.25 points to 671.30.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were ICICI Bank Ltd (BO: ICBK ) which rose 1.53% to 640.30, Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which was up 1.50% to settle at 2129.20 and State Bank Of India (BO: SBI ) which gained 0.99% to close at 424.55.

The worst performers were Tata Steel Ltd (BO: TISC ) which was down 2.36% to 1135.95 in late trade, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO: PGRD ) which lost 1.23% to settle at 228.05 and Bajaj Auto Ltd (BO: BAJA ) which was down 0.75% to 4174.10 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1007 to 668 and 51 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1825 rose and 1239 declined, while 121 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 5.84% to 12.0900 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.61% or 10.85 to $1787.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.07% or 0.05 to hit $75.18 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.12% or 0.09 to trade at $75.75 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.22% to 74.727, while EUR/INR rose 0.09% to 88.4205.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 92.620.

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