India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.81%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.81% – India equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Power , Metals and Banking sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.81%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.79%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ), which rose 3.14% or 5.15 points to trade at 169.10 at the close. Tata Steel Ltd (NS: TISC ) added 2.13% or 26.00 points to end at 1248.35 and Infosys Ltd (NS: INFY ) was up 1.86% or 32.30 points to 1769.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (NS: MRTI ), which lost 1.61% or 144.00 points to trade at 8805.45 in late trade. Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS: BPCL ) declined 1.58% or 5.95 points to end at 369.65 and Shree Cements Ltd. (NS: SHCM ) shed 0.90% or 228.15 points to 25238.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Tata Steel Ltd (BO: TISC ) which rose 2.11% to 1248.25, Infosys Ltd (BO: INFY ) which was up 1.80% to settle at 1768.85 and HDFC Bank Ltd (BO: HDBK ) which gained 1.77% to close at 1524.15.

The worst performers were Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO: MRTI ) which was down 1.64% to 8804.70 in late trade, UltraTech Cement Ltd (BO: ULTC ) which lost 0.42% to settle at 7471.30 and Nestle India Ltd (BO: NEST ) which was down 0.38% to 18058.60 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 968 to 827 and 37 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1757 fell and 1482 advanced, while 105 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 4.55% to 17.7100.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.13% or 2.45 to $1834.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.28% or 0.25 to hit $89.91 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.05% or 0.05 to trade at $91.60 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.19% to 74.956, while EUR/INR rose 0.43% to 85.7760.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 95.480.

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