India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.68%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.68%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , IT and Banking sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.68%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.77%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Hero MotoCorp Ltd (NS: HROM ), which rose 3.54% or 122.45 points to trade at 3584.00 at the close. Adani Port and Special Economic Zone Ltd (NS: APSE ) added 3.02% or 19.20 points to end at 655.75 and State Bank Of India (NS: SBI ) was up 2.34% or 9.40 points to 411.75 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nestle India Ltd (NS: NEST ), which lost 2.76% or 476.05 points to trade at 16741.20 in late trade. Bajaj Finserv Ltd (NS: BJFS ) declined 2.54% or 265.60 points to end at 10195.00 and Asian Paints Ltd. (NS: ASPN ) shed 2.53% or 62.10 points to 2388.15.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were State Bank Of India (BO: SBI ) which rose 2.78% to 413.50, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO: PGRD ) which was up 2.02% to settle at 230.00 and NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which gained 1.12% to close at 99.15.

The worst performers were Nestle India Ltd (BO: NEST ) which was down 2.88% to 16726.05 in late trade, Bajaj Finserv Ltd (BO: BJFS ) which lost 2.56% to settle at 10190.05 and Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which was down 2.53% to 2387.90 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 822 to 810 and 71 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1461 rose and 1393 declined, while 136 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 1.26% to 21.5050.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.63% or 11.35 to $1787.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.80% or 0.48 to hit $60.53 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.99% or 0.63 to trade at $63.98 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.13% to 72.767, while EUR/INR fell 0.45% to 87.8010.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.34% at 90.808.

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