India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.32%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.32%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Banking , IT and Fast Moving Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 fell 0.32%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.28%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ), which rose 3.21% or 4.80 points to trade at 154.15 at the close. NTPC Ltd (NS: NTPC ) added 2.27% or 3.15 points to end at 141.75 and Reliance Industries Ltd (NS: RELI ) was up 2.08% or 52.45 points to 2,580.15 in late trade.

Biggest losers included HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS: HDFL ), which lost 4.36% or 24.70 points to trade at 541.25 in late trade. Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS: HLL ) declined 3.63% or 84.20 points to end at 2,233.45 and Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd. (NS: APLH ) shed 3.24% or 124.35 points to 3,713.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which rose 2.42% to 141.90, Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which was up 1.98% to settle at 2,579.05 and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO: SUN ) which gained 1.52% to close at 840.55.

The worst performers were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which was down 3.46% to 2,238.10 in late trade, AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which lost 2.57% to settle at 625.80 and Bajaj Finserv Ltd (BO: BJFS ) which was down 2.19% to 11,114.45 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1052 to 748 and 65 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1713 fell and 1478 advanced, while 140 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 2.10% to 21.90.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.30% or 5.50 to $1,826.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.78% or 0.87 to hit $112.63 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.67% or 0.76 to trade at $114.56 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.07% to 79.03, while EUR/INR rose 0.12% to 83.16.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 104.26.

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