India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.73%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.73%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods , Public Sector Undertakings and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 gained 0.73% to hit a new all time high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.77%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were UPL Ltd (NS: UPLL ), which rose 4.44% or 20.25 points to trade at 475.95 at the close. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS: ZEE ) added 4.33% or 8.95 points to end at 215.80 and Adani Port and Special Economic Zone Ltd (NS: APSE ) was up 3.92% or 17.80 points to 471.50 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nestle India Ltd (NS: NEST ), which lost 1.49% or 266.15 points to trade at 17562.55 in late trade. Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (NS: KTKM ) declined 1.39% or 25.70 points to end at 1820.55 and JSW Steel Ltd (NS: JSTL ) shed 1.32% or 4.90 points to 365.50.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO: BRTI ) which rose 3.05% to 508.95, Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which was up 2.95% to settle at 2252.80 and Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (BO: HDFC ) which gained 2.60% to close at 2304.45.

The worst performers were Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (BO: KTKM ) which was down 1.39% to 1820.30 in late trade, Nestle India Ltd (BO: NEST ) which lost 1.36% to settle at 17583.90 and Tata Steel Ltd (BO: TISC ) which was down 1.14% to 615.50 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1227 to 443 and 52 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1947 rose and 910 declined, while 177 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 0.01% to 18.0250.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.25% or 4.65 to $1835.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.84% or 0.39 to hit $45.87 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 0.73% or 0.36 to trade at $48.89 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.15% to 73.867, while EUR/INR fell 0.11% to 89.4050.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.40% at 91.058.

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