India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.52%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.52% – India equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Metals and Public Sector Undertakings sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 added 0.52% to hit a new all time high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.48%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Reliance Industries Ltd (NS: RELI ), which rose 4.10% or 94.10 points to trade at 2388.50 at the close. Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ) added 3.75% or 4.45 points to end at 123.10 and Coal India Ltd (NS: COAL ) was up 3.35% or 4.75 points to 146.35 in late trade.

Biggest losers included HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS: HDFL ), which lost 3.24% or 24.60 points to trade at 734.40 in late trade. Cipla Ltd. (NS: CIPL ) declined 1.48% or 14.15 points to end at 941.10 and Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS: HLL ) shed 1.23% or 34.35 points to 2766.70.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which rose 4.12% to 2388.25, Titan Company Ltd (BO: TITN ) which was up 2.59% to settle at 2017.85 and Tata Steel Ltd (BO: TISC ) which gained 1.27% to close at 1443.20.

The worst performers were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which was down 1.18% to 2766.20 in late trade, Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO: BRTI ) which lost 1.17% to settle at 658.30 and HDFC Bank Ltd (BO: HDBK ) which was down 0.85% to 1575.65 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 868 to 816 and 54 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1620 rose and 1417 declined, while 131 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 2.12% to 14.5425 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.19% or 3.50 to $1815.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 0.34% or 0.24 to hit $70.23 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.62% or 0.45 to trade at $73.48 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.05% to 73.027, while EUR/INR rose 0.03% to 86.6940.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 92.237.

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