India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.33%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.33% – India equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Banking , Auto and Consumer Durables sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.33%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 0.43%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Larsen & Toubro Ltd (NS: LART ), which rose 4.07% or 73.85 points to trade at 1889.50 at the close. Grasim Industries Ltd (NS: GRAS ) added 2.38% or 41.50 points to end at 1785.55 and UPL Ltd (NS: UPLL ) was up 2.33% or 16.75 points to 737.05 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NS: SUN ), which lost 3.37% or 27.45 points to trade at 787.95 in late trade. IndusInd Bank Ltd. (NS: INBK ) declined 2.85% or 34.60 points to end at 1177.95 and Bharti Airtel Ltd. (NS: BRTI ) shed 2.08% or 14.85 points to 699.10.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Larsen & Toubro Ltd (BO: LART ) which rose 3.99% to 1888.65, UltraTech Cement Ltd (BO: ULTC ) which was up 2.22% to settle at 7880.95 and Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which gained 1.84% to close at 3162.95.

The worst performers were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO: SUN ) which was down 3.27% to 788.00 in late trade, IndusInd Bank Ltd. (BO: INBK ) which lost 2.79% to settle at 1178.35 and Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (BO: KTKM ) which was down 1.97% to 2036.30 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 950 to 782 and 54 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1595 fell and 1524 advanced, while 150 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 5.49% to 16.1250.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.37% or 6.55 to $1782.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 2.25% or 1.89 to hit $82.02 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 1.97% or 1.67 to trade at $83.05 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.30% to 74.465, while EUR/INR fell 0.18% to 86.3135.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 94.017.

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