India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.82%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.82% – India equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Power , Metals and Fast Moving Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 added 0.82%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.70%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Grasim Industries Ltd (NS: GRAS ), which rose 5.31% or 89.30 points to trade at 1,771.25 at the close. SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS: SBIL ) added 4.65% or 51.60 points to end at 1,160.45 and ITC Ltd (NS: ITC ) was up 4.34% or 11.15 points to 267.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Cipla Ltd. (NS: CIPL ), which lost 2.42% or 25.10 points to trade at 1,011.60 in late trade. Tech Mahindra Ltd (NS: TEML ) declined 1.20% or 17.55 points to end at 1,451.00 and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (NS: MRTI ) shed 1.08% or 82.55 points to 7,557.95.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were ITC Ltd (BO: ITC ) which rose 4.36% to 267.80, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which was up 2.70% to settle at 857.10 and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (BO: REDY ) which gained 2.67% to close at 4,432.00.

The worst performers were Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO: TEML ) which was down 1.31% to 1,449.75 in late trade, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO: MRTI ) which lost 1.04% to settle at 7,557.70 and NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which was down 0.98% to 152.00 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1266 to 553 and 34 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2208 rose and 1070 declined, while 119 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 6.90% to 17.69 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.23% or 4.40 to $1,933.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.55% or 0.53 to hit $96.56 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.29% or 0.29 to trade at $100.87 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.05% to 75.87, while EUR/INR rose 0.04% to 82.59.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 99.78.

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