India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.53%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.53%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Banking , Metals and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 declined 0.53%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.48%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Bajaj Finance Ltd (NS: BJFN ), which rose 2.03% or 152.70 points to trade at 7668.10 at the close. Bajaj Finserv Ltd (NS: BJFS ) added 2.02% or 353.00 points to end at 17786.75 and Tata Motors Ltd (NS: TAMO ) was up 0.94% or 3.10 points to 333.35 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (NS: PGRD ), which lost 2.64% or 5.15 points to trade at 189.90 in late trade. Asian Paints Ltd. (NS: ASPN ) declined 2.36% or 78.40 points to end at 3244.65 and AXIS Bank Ltd (NS: AXBK ) shed 1.99% or 15.60 points to 766.55.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bajaj Finserv Ltd (BO: BJFS ) which rose 2.19% to 17810.00, Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO: BJFN ) which was up 2.05% to settle at 7670.70 and NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which gained 0.92% to close at 141.85.

The worst performers were Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO: PGRD ) which was down 2.67% to 189.90 in late trade, Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which lost 2.34% to settle at 3244.40 and AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which was down 1.87% to 766.80 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 896 to 804 and 64 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1761 rose and 1344 declined, while 132 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 2.31% to 18.4025.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.08% or 1.35 to $1724.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.21% or 0.16 to hit $74.67 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.22% or 0.17 to trade at $77.92 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.01% to 74.285, while EUR/INR fell 0.17% to 85.9805.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.15% at 94.493.

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