India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.16%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.16%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Real Estate , Oil & Gas and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.16%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.10%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Coal India Ltd (NS: COAL ), which rose 2.61% or 4.25 points to trade at 167.30 at the close. SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS: SBIL ) added 1.84% or 20.70 points to end at 1147.05 and Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NS: HDFC ) was up 1.22% or 29.35 points to 2441.15 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ), which lost 2.18% or 3.75 points to trade at 168.00 in late trade. Cipla Ltd. (NS: CIPL ) declined 2.06% or 19.10 points to end at 909.10 and Divi's Laboratories Ltd. (NS: DIVI ) shed 2.00% or 88.80 points to 4353.40.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (BO: HDFC ) which rose 1.25% to 2440.85, Larsen & Toubro Ltd (BO: LART ) which was up 0.66% to settle at 1879.55 and AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which gained 0.57% to close at 787.30.

The worst performers were UltraTech Cement Ltd (BO: ULTC ) which was down 1.88% to 6915.55 in late trade, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which lost 1.36% to settle at 850.00 and Infosys Ltd (BO: INFY ) which was down 1.06% to 1707.10 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1302 to 513 and 22 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2132 fell and 1121 advanced, while 112 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 0.73% to 22.1650.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.66% or 12.60 to $1889.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 2.50% or 2.29 to hit $89.47 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 2.43% or 2.26 to trade at $90.71 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.63% to 74.640, while EUR/INR fell 0.55% to 84.8410.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 95.810.

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