India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.18%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.18% – India equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods , Healthcare and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 gained 0.18%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.14%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (NS: BHEL ), which rose 2.70% or 3.95 points to trade at 150.30 at the close. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS: ZEE ) added 2.45% or 12.70 points to end at 530.85 and Reliance Industries Ltd (NS: RELI ) was up 1.94% or 20.25 points to 1065.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Yes Bank Ltd. (NS: YESB ), which lost 2.53% or 31.70 points to trade at 1221.80 in late trade. POWER GRID CORPORATION OF INDIA (NS: PGRD ) declined 2.43% or 4.35 points to end at 174.80 and AXIS Bank Ltd. (NS: AXBK ) shed 2.17% or 13.05 points to 588.75.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BO: BHEL ) which rose 2.66% to 150.30, Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which was up 1.63% to settle at 1062.45 and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO: MRTI ) which gained 1.47% to close at 5443.35.

The worst performers were AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which was down 2.25% to 588.75 in late trade, Hero MotoCorp Limited (BO: HROM ) which lost 1.86% to settle at 3522.60 and TATA STEEL LIMITED (BO: TISC ) which was down 1.83% to 366.90 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 782 to 674 and 76 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1437 rose and 1235 declined, while 192 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 0.58% to 14.6775.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.11% or 1.50 to $1324.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 0.92% or 0.40 to hit $43.98 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 1.18% or 0.54 to trade at $46.39 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.32% to 67.010, while EUR/INR rose 0.22% to 75.3130.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.06% at 95.39.

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