India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.65%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.65% – India equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Auto , Banking and Capital Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 fell 0.65%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.66%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ), which rose 4.51% or 7.35 points to trade at 170.30 at the close. UPL Ltd (NS: UPLL ) added 3.51% or 24.20 points to end at 713.75 and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (NS: PGRD ) was up 3.30% or 6.95 points to 217.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included UltraTech Cement Ltd (NS: ULTC ), which lost 6.54% or 418.65 points to trade at 5,980.70 in late trade. Asian Paints Ltd. (NS: ASPN ) declined 5.18% or 157.05 points to end at 2,871.90 and HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS: HDFL ) shed 5.18% or 29.05 points to 531.75.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO: PGRD ) which rose 3.34% to 217.90, Wipro Ltd (BO: WIPR ) which was up 2.58% to settle at 569.60 and Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO: TEML ) which gained 2.43% to close at 1,427.30.

The worst performers were UltraTech Cement Ltd (BO: ULTC ) which was down 6.47% to 5,981.85 in late trade, Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which lost 5.20% to settle at 2,871.45 and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (BO: REDY ) which was down 3.49% to 3,719.65 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1047 to 747 and 36 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1994 rose and 1224 declined, while 116 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 3.69% to 28.16.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.66% or 12.75 to $1,935.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 2.78% or 3.07 to hit $113.67 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 2.51% or 2.84 to trade at $115.77 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.51% to 75.97, while EUR/INR rose 0.22% to 84.27.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 97.56.

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