India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.23%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.23% – India equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Public Sector Undertakings and Power sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.23%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.15%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS: BPCL ), which rose 2.88% or 16.00 points to trade at 572.15 at the close. Idea Cellular Ltd (NS: IDEA ) added 2.36% or 2.45 points to end at 106.30 and ICICI Bank Ltd . (NS: ICBK ) was up 2.18% or 5.75 points to 269.15 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS: HLL ), which lost 2.91% or 26.80 points to trade at 895.15 in late trade. IndusInd Bank Ltd. (NS: INBK ) declined 2.10% or 23.75 points to end at 1107.15 and Yes Bank Ltd. (NS: YESB ) shed 1.80% or 21.15 points to 1153.35.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were ICICI Bank Ltd. (BO: ICBK ) which rose 2.11% to 269.15, TATA STEEL LIMITED (BO: TISC ) which was up 1.27% to settle at 370.25 and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (BO: TCS ) which gained 1.15% to close at 2461.55.

The worst performers were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which was down 2.75% to 895.15 in late trade, AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which lost 1.06% to settle at 564.00 and HDFC Bank Ltd. (BO: HDBK ) which was down 1.03% to 1218.05 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 836 to 624 and 66 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 929 fell and 673 advanced, while 50 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 1.20% to 15.7950.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was up 0.24% or 3.15 to $1332.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.37% or 0.17 to hit $45.77 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.43% or 0.20 to trade at $46.76 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.01% to 67.147, while EUR/INR fell 0.13% to 74.2520.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.22% at 96.77.

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