India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.38%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.38%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Banking and Fast Moving Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 added 0.38%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Grasim Industries Ltd (NS: GRAS ), which rose 4.48% or 77.10 points to trade at 1797.65 at the close. Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ) added 4.14% or 6.25 points to end at 157.05 and Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ) was up 3.01% or 14.40 points to 493.50 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bajaj Finserv Ltd (NS: BJFS ), which lost 1.46% or 262.90 points to trade at 17723.60 in late trade. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (NS: MAHM ) declined 1.29% or 10.85 points to end at 829.00 and Bajaj Finance Ltd (NS: BJFN ) shed 1.15% or 88.90 points to 7659.35.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which rose 1.79% to 3576.45, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (BO: TCS ) which was up 1.26% to settle at 3854.85 and Nestle India Ltd (BO: NEST ) which gained 1.23% to close at 19888.75.

The worst performers were Bajaj Finserv Ltd (BO: BJFS ) which was down 1.39% to 17736.00 in late trade, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which lost 1.31% to settle at 828.95 and Larsen & Toubro Ltd (BO: LART ) which was down 1.06% to 1904.75 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1012 to 777 and 32 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2023 rose and 1276 declined, while 79 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 2.09% to 17.6025.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.11% or 2.00 to $1791.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.13% or 0.90 to hit $80.36 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.09% or 0.89 to trade at $82.88 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.14% to 74.315, while EUR/INR rose 0.04% to 84.0140.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 96.175.

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