India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.44%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.44%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Consumer Durables and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.44% to hit a new 52-week low, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.26%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Bajaj Finance Ltd (NS: BJFN ), which rose 2.57% or 135.65 points to trade at 5,419.55 at the close. Bajaj Finserv Ltd (NS: BJFS ) added 2.47% or 282.95 points to end at 11,754.85 and JSW Steel Ltd (NS: JSTL ) was up 1.60% or 8.75 points to 554.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Titan Company Ltd (NS: TITN ), which lost 6.04% or 124.50 points to trade at 1,936.45 in late trade. Wipro Ltd (NS: WIPR ) declined 4.05% or 17.10 points to end at 405.20 and Shree Cements Ltd. (NS: SHCM ) shed 3.56% or 666.10 points to 18,045.75.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO: BJFN ) which rose 2.63% to 5,422.70, Bajaj Finserv Ltd (BO: BJFS ) which was up 2.47% to settle at 11,758.40 and ICICI Bank Ltd (BO: ICBK ) which gained 1.43% to close at 688.10.

The worst performers were Titan Company Ltd (BO: TITN ) which was down 6.06% to 1,935.35 in late trade, Wipro Ltd (BO: WIPR ) which lost 4.07% to settle at 405.20 and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (BO: REDY ) which was down 3.35% to 4,143.55 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1297 to 532 and 36 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2164 fell and 1048 advanced, while 93 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 0.48% to 22.76.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.07% or 1.25 to $1,848.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.30% or 0.35 to hit $117.94 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.44% or 0.53 to trade at $120.34 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.13% to 78.06, while EUR/INR fell 0.10% to 82.14.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.66% at 104.10.

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