India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.94%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.94% – India equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Consumer Durables and Power sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.94%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.97%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were AXIS Bank Ltd (NS: AXBK ), which rose 2.38% or 18.40 points to trade at 792.10 at the close. Divi's Laboratories Ltd. (NS: DIVI ) added 1.40% or 61.55 points to end at 4,448.45 and Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS: HLL ) was up 1.06% or 22.75 points to 2,164.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (NS: APSE ), which lost 3.82% or 32.45 points to trade at 817.40 in late trade. Titan Company Ltd (NS: TITN ) declined 3.22% or 81.70 points to end at 2,458.35 and Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NS: HDFC ) shed 2.89% or 73.35 points to 2,462.70.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which rose 2.38% to 792.05, ICICI Bank Ltd (BO: ICBK ) which was up 1.12% to settle at 749.05 and Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which gained 1.09% to close at 2,165.15.

The worst performers were Titan Company Ltd (BO: TITN ) which was down 3.24% to 2,458.95 in late trade, Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (BO: HDFC ) which lost 2.91% to settle at 2,462.65 and HDFC Bank Ltd (BO: HDBK ) which was down 2.19% to 1,516.90 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1018 to 805 and 36 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1664 rose and 1631 declined, while 103 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 0.13% to 19.00.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.23% or 4.50 to $1,927.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 1.66% or 1.60 to hit $97.83 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 1.70% or 1.72 to trade at $102.79 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.18% to 76.03, while EUR/INR rose 0.08% to 82.78.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 99.71.

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