India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.17%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.17% – India equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Metals , Banking and Capital Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.17%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.25%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Divi's Laboratories Ltd. (NS: DIVI ), which rose 3.22% or 139.35 points to trade at 4465.15 at the close. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (NS: APSE ) added 2.80% or 20.15 points to end at 740.75 and Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ) was up 2.68% or 4.40 points to 168.55 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (NS: PGRD ), which lost 3.51% or 7.15 points to trade at 196.30 in late trade. NTPC Ltd (NS: NTPC ) declined 1.66% or 2.25 points to end at 133.10 and ICICI Bank Ltd (NS: ICBK ) shed 1.55% or 12.00 points to 764.05.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO: BRTI ) which rose 1.41% to 721.40, Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (BO: HDFC ) which was up 1.29% to settle at 2370.00 and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which gained 1.10% to close at 864.00.

The worst performers were Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO: PGRD ) which was down 3.52% to 196.25 in late trade, NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which lost 1.63% to settle at 133.15 and State Bank Of India (BO: SBI ) which was down 1.58% to 516.35 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1114 to 694 and 35 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1979 rose and 1273 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 0.10% to 20.5925.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.02% or 0.45 to $1855.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.12% or 1.03 to hit $93.10 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 1.15% or 1.07 to trade at $94.35 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.17% to 75.080, while EUR/INR rose 0.10% to 85.4210.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 95.832.

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