India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.31%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.31%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Auto , Banking and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 declined 0.31%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.41%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ), which rose 3.17% or 5.35 points to trade at 174.25 at the close. Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd. (NS: APLH ) added 2.55% or 118.15 points to end at 4,744.45 and ITC Ltd (NS: ITC ) was up 1.79% or 4.75 points to 269.55 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (NS: MRTI ), which lost 1.95% or 148.85 points to trade at 7,469.50 in late trade. Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NS: HDFC ) declined 1.95% or 47.20 points to end at 2,378.50 and HDFC Bank Ltd (NS: HDBK ) shed 1.91% or 28.55 points to 1,464.95.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were ITC Ltd (BO: ITC ) which rose 1.87% to 269.50, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO: SUN ) which was up 1.66% to settle at 936.45 and Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which gained 0.99% to close at 2,152.45.

The worst performers were Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (BO: HDFC ) which was down 2.01% to 2,377.40 in late trade, HDFC Bank Ltd (BO: HDBK ) which lost 1.90% to settle at 1,464.85 and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO: MRTI ) which was down 1.86% to 7,471.85 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1033 to 789 and 44 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1800 rose and 1478 declined, while 131 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 2.05% to 17.78.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.22% or 4.40 to $1,980.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 1.55% or 1.56 to hit $102.16 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 1.65% or 1.73 to trade at $106.37 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.01% to 76.16, while EUR/INR rose 0.15% to 82.46.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 100.43.

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