India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.25%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.25%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Real Estate , Auto and Public Sector Undertakings sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.25%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ), which rose 2.45% or 12.55 points to trade at 525.20 at the close. Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ) added 1.28% or 2.15 points to end at 169.65 and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NS: SUN ) was up 1.18% or 10.40 points to 893.95 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hero MotoCorp Ltd (NS: HROM ), which lost 2.15% or 59.75 points to trade at 2721.75 in late trade. State Bank Of India (NS: SBI ) declined 1.81% or 9.80 points to end at 530.30 and NTPC Ltd (NS: NTPC ) shed 1.79% or 2.45 points to 134.20.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO: SUN ) which rose 1.21% to 894.05, Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which was up 1.06% to settle at 3236.70 and Tata Steel Ltd (BO: TISC ) which gained 0.90% to close at 1176.15.

The worst performers were State Bank Of India (BO: SBI ) which was down 1.83% to 530.20 in late trade, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which lost 1.73% to settle at 841.25 and NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which was down 1.72% to 134.25 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1054 to 745 and 38 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1679 fell and 1560 advanced, while 90 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 1.37% to 18.8975.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.54% or 9.70 to $1813.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.57% or 1.42 to hit $91.69 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 1.43% or 1.30 to trade at $92.41 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.07% to 74.700, while EUR/INR rose 0.38% to 85.6935.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 95.250.

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