India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.24%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.24% – India equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods , Technology and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.24% to hit a new 6-month high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.17%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (NS: APSE ), which rose 5.28% or 10.15 points to trade at 202.30 at the close. Asian Paints Ltd. (NS: ASPN ) added 3.74% or 36.85 points to end at 1021.70 and Bharti Airtel Ltd. (NS: BRTI ) was up 3.37% or 11.85 points to 363.25 in late trade.

Biggest losers included State Bank Of India (NS: SBI ), which lost 3.27% or 6.70 points to trade at 198.25 in late trade. Vedanta Ltd (NS: VDAN ) declined 3.22% or 3.50 points to end at 105.05 and Punjab National Bank (NS: PNBK ) shed 2.91% or 2.30 points to 76.70.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO: BRTI ) which rose 3.36% to 363.45, ITC Ltd (BO: ITC ) which was up 2.60% to settle at 360.75 and Coal India Limited (BO: COAL ) which gained 2.04% to close at 297.60.

The worst performers were State Bank Of India (BO: SBI ) which was down 3.39% to 197.90 in late trade, Vedanta Ltd (BO: VDAN ) which lost 3.00% to settle at 105.05 and ICICI Bank Ltd. (BO: ICBK ) which was down 2.08% to 240.10 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 791 to 644 and 60 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 864 rose and 722 declined, while 57 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 1.31% to 15.8350.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was up 0.09% or 1.15 to $1218.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 1.24% or 0.61 to hit $48.49 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 1.24% or 0.62 to trade at $49.27 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.25% to 67.427, while EUR/INR rose 0.55% to 75.2490.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.31% at 95.53.

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