India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.40%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.40%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Banking and Metals sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 added 0.40%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.40%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Bharti Airtel Ltd. (NS: BRTI ), which rose 3.34% or 23.70 points to trade at 733.05 at the close. Coal India Ltd (NS: COAL ) added 2.77% or 5.15 points to end at 191.25 and AXIS Bank Ltd (NS: AXBK ) was up 2.05% or 14.75 points to 736.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included UPL Ltd (NS: UPLL ), which lost 2.32% or 18.55 points to trade at 780.00 in late trade. SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS: SBIL ) declined 2.07% or 22.60 points to end at 1,070.00 and Nestle India Ltd (NS: NEST ) shed 1.75% or 301.15 points to 16,860.05.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO: BRTI ) which rose 3.40% to 733.35, AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which was up 2.13% to settle at 736.25 and ICICI Bank Ltd (BO: ICBK ) which gained 1.59% to close at 710.25.

The worst performers were Nestle India Ltd (BO: NEST ) which was down 1.83% to 16,863.45 in late trade, Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (BO: HDFC ) which lost 1.58% to settle at 2,267.75 and HCL Technologies Ltd (BO: HCLT ) which was down 1.41% to 1,163.70 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1338 to 513 and 36 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2286 fell and 1110 advanced, while 151 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 3.50% to 22.61 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 1.25% or 24.35 to $1,929.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 4.50% or 5.12 to hit $108.78 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 3.94% or 4.62 to trade at $112.75 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.17% to 76.16, while EUR/INR fell 0.16% to 83.63.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.28% at 99.10.

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