India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 1.45%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 1.45%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Banking , IT and Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 1.45%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 1.68%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Infosys Ltd (NS: INFY ), which rose 3.77% or 68.70 points to trade at 1,890.70 at the close. HDFC Bank Ltd (NS: HDBK ) added 3.28% or 45.75 points to end at 1,442.55 and State Bank Of India (NS: SBI ) was up 3.15% or 14.80 points to 485.15 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (NS: IOC ), which lost 2.59% or 3.20 points to trade at 120.50 in late trade. Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ) declined 2.22% or 3.90 points to end at 171.80 and Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS: HLL ) shed 1.68% or 35.10 points to 2,059.30.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Infosys Ltd (BO: INFY ) which rose 3.76% to 1,890.80, HDFC Bank Ltd (BO: HDBK ) which was up 3.25% to settle at 1,442.40 and State Bank Of India (BO: SBI ) which gained 3.14% to close at 485.15.

The worst performers were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which was down 1.66% to 2,060.10 in late trade, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO: SUN ) which lost 1.09% to settle at 892.30 and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (BO: REDY ) which was down 0.52% to 3,954.00 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1012 to 819 and 43 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1703 fell and 1668 advanced, while 137 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 1.31% to 25.68.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 1.03% or 20.45 to $1,964.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 4.90% or 5.36 to hit $103.97 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 3.84% or 4.33 to trade at $108.34 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.34% to 76.50, while EUR/INR rose 0.58% to 83.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.29% at 98.90.

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