India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 1.53%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 1.53% – India equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods , Real Estate and Metals sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 gained 1.53%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index gained 1.50%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS: HLL ), which rose 5.21% or 104.05 points to trade at 2,101.95 at the close. Tata Steel Ltd (NS: TISC ) added 4.25% or 53.35 points to end at 1,308.70 and Grasim Industries Ltd (NS: GRAS ) was up 4.12% or 61.55 points to 1,554.90 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Coal India Ltd (NS: COAL ), which lost 4.13% or 7.70 points to trade at 178.95 in late trade. Tech Mahindra Ltd (NS: TEML ) declined 1.29% or 19.40 points to end at 1,485.35 and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (NS: REDY ) shed 0.97% or 37.95 points to 3,892.50.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which rose 5.17% to 2,101.00, Tata Steel Ltd (BO: TISC ) which was up 4.27% to settle at 1,308.40 and State Bank Of India (BO: SBI ) which gained 3.70% to close at 468.60.

The worst performers were Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO: TEML ) which was down 1.28% to 1,485.00 in late trade, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (BO: REDY ) which lost 0.78% to settle at 3,894.15 and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (BO: TCS ) which was down 0.36% to 3,620.10 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1317 to 499 and 24 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2344 rose and 915 declined, while 97 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 6.86% to 25.58.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.68% or 13.60 to $2,001.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 4.11% or 4.47 to hit $113.17 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 4.86% or 5.40 to trade at $116.54 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.35% to 76.44, while EUR/INR fell 0.24% to 84.36.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.31% at 98.26.

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