India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.29%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.29% – India equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Auto , Power and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.29% to hit a new 1-month high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.14%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Hero MotoCorp Ltd (NS: HROM ), which rose 5.13% or 131.80 points to trade at 2701.50 at the close. Grasim Industries Ltd (NS: GRAS ) added 3.31% or 61.40 points to end at 1918.70 and Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ) was up 3.23% or 5.20 points to 166.25 in late trade.

Biggest losers included HCL Technologies Ltd (NS: HCLT ), which lost 5.87% or 78.45 points to trade at 1258.75 in late trade. HDFC Bank Ltd (NS: HDBK ) declined 1.53% or 23.65 points to end at 1521.50 and Britannia Industries Ltd (NS: BRIT ) shed 1.26% or 46.90 points to 3665.15.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were UltraTech Cement Ltd (BO: ULTC ) which rose 2.78% to 7867.90, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which was up 2.19% to settle at 900.25 and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO: MRTI ) which gained 2.08% to close at 8250.00.

The worst performers were HCL Technologies Ltd (BO: HCLT ) which was down 5.89% to 1258.80 in late trade, HDFC Bank Ltd (BO: HDBK ) which lost 1.53% to settle at 1521.55 and AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which was down 1.25% to 712.55 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1143 to 701 and 34 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2213 rose and 1276 declined, while 130 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 1.27% to 16.7650.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.17% or 3.15 to $1819.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.02% or 0.02 to hit $83.28 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.24% or 0.21 to trade at $85.85 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.20% to 74.236, while EUR/INR rose 0.15% to 84.7620.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 95.132.

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