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% – India equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Consumer Durables , Capital Goods and Fast Moving Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 fell 0.40%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.41%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Bajaj Auto Ltd (NS: BAJA ), which rose 1.90% or 68.10 points to trade at 3,652.00 at the close. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (NS: APSE ) added 1.34% or 9.80 points to end at 743.25 and JSW Steel Ltd (NS: JSTL ) was up 0.87% or 6.25 points to 721.35 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Titan Company Ltd (NS: TITN ), which lost 3.61% or 94.60 points to trade at 2,523.90 in late trade. Tech Mahindra Ltd (NS: TEML ) declined 2.42% or 38.00 points to end at 1,530.55 and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (NS: MRTI ) shed 1.87% or 141.50 points to 7,415.45.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (BO: REDY ) which rose 0.77% to 4,360.90, Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which was up 0.76% to settle at 3,046.40 and Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which gained 0.73% to close at 2,596.70.

The worst performers were Titan Company Ltd (BO: TITN ) which was down 3.59% to 2,524.60 in late trade, Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO: TEML ) which lost 2.35% to settle at 1,532.00 and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO: MRTI ) which was down 1.79% to 7,419.45 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1224 to 591 and 43 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2004 fell and 1290 advanced, while 101 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 2.09% to 23.43.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.57% or 11.25 to $1,950.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 1.64% or 1.84 to hit $110.50 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 1.20% or 1.43 to trade at $117.60 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.14% to 76.22, while EUR/INR fell 0.01% to 83.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 98.70.

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