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 Wednesday, as losses in the Power , Oil & Gas and Metals sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.25% to hit a new 6-month low, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 0.29%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Bajaj Finserv Ltd (NS: BJFS ), which rose 4.17% or 473.20 points to trade at 11,809.70 at the close. Tata Motors Ltd (NS: TAMO ) added 2.21% or 8.95 points to end at 414.10 and Bajaj Finance Ltd (NS: BJFN ) was up 2.03% or 109.20 points to 5,484.95 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tata Steel Ltd (NS: TISC ), which lost 3.67% or 36.60 points to trade at 959.55 in late trade. Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ) declined 2.92% or 4.55 points to end at 151.40 and NTPC Ltd (NS: NTPC ) shed 2.15% or 3.25 points to 148.15.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bajaj Finserv Ltd (BO: BJFS ) which rose 4.24% to 11,815.95, Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO: BJFN ) which was up 2.04% to settle at 5,484.85 and Larsen & Toubro Ltd (BO: LART ) which gained 0.97% to close at 1,560.15.

The worst performers were Tata Steel Ltd (BO: TISC ) which was down 3.67% to 959.70 in late trade, NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which lost 2.02% to settle at 148.20 and Infosys Ltd (BO: INFY ) which was down 1.29% to 1,421.65 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1002 to 807 and 63 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1723 rose and 1460 declined, while 140 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 1.19% to 22.15.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.79% or 14.35 to $1,827.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 1.04% or 1.24 to hit $117.69 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.94% or 1.14 to trade at $120.03 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.28% to 78.16, while EUR/INR rose 0.89% to 81.95.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.68% at 104.62.

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