India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.40%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.40%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Power , Public Sector Undertakings and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 fell 0.40%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.33%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were HCL Technologies Ltd (NS: HCLT ), which rose 3.08% or 37.75 points to trade at 1265.20 at the close. Tech Mahindra Ltd (NS: TEML ) added 2.38% or 40.00 points to end at 1723.80 and SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS: SBIL ) was up 2.00% or 22.55 points to 1148.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Grasim Industries Ltd (NS: GRAS ), which lost 2.93% or 48.70 points to trade at 1610.90 in late trade. NTPC Ltd (NS: NTPC ) declined 2.65% or 3.30 points to end at 121.25 and Eicher Motors Ltd. (NS: EICH ) shed 1.81% or 44.90 points to 2435.35.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were HCL Technologies Ltd (BO: HCLT ) which rose 3.08% to 1265.10, Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO: TEML ) which was up 2.34% to settle at 1723.20 and Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which gained 0.65% to close at 3288.15.

The worst performers were NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which was down 2.69% to 121.25 in late trade, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO: PGRD ) which lost 2.47% to settle at 203.25 and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which was down 1.71% to 812.50 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1159 to 623 and 36 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1697 fell and 1526 advanced, while 100 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 2.04% to 16.1475.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.01% or 0.25 to $1810.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.32% or 0.96 to hit $73.72 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.10% or 0.08 to trade at $76.52 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.05% to 74.982, while EUR/INR rose 0.03% to 85.0070.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 96.035.

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