India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.28%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.28%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Banking and Capital Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 added 0.28% to hit a new all time high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.26%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were ICICI Bank Ltd (NS: ICBK ), which rose 2.50% or 7.75 points to trade at 317.70 at the close. Bharti Infratel Ltd (NS: BHRI ) added 1.94% or 7.15 points to end at 374.80 and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS: ZEE ) was up 2.72% or 15.75 points to 591.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included UPL Ltd (NS: UPLL ), which lost 1.30% or 10.20 points to trade at 775.35 in late trade. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. (NS: ARBN ) declined 0.99% or 6.65 points to end at 667.05 and Lupin Ltd (NS: LUPN ) shed 1.38% or 12.80 points to 919.10.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were ICICI Bank Ltd (BO: ICBK ) which rose 2.63% to 317.60, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO: MRTI ) which was up 1.27% to settle at 9460.30 and Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO: ONGC ) which gained 1.26% to close at 200.25.

The worst performers were Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO: BRTI ) which was down 1.04% to 509.40 in late trade, Lupin Ltd (BO: LUPN ) which lost 0.98% to settle at 919.15 and ITC Ltd (BO: ITC ) which was down 0.89% to 267.50 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 950 to 662 and 28 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1536 fell and 1305 advanced, while 144 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 2.00% to 13.7325.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.79% or 10.40 to $1332.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.44% or 0.28 to hit $63.52 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.13% or 0.09 to trade at $69.17 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.06% to 63.645, while EUR/INR rose 0.66% to 77.1347.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.58% at 91.13.

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