India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.33%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.33% – India equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Real Estate , Consumer Durables and Banking sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.33% to hit a new all time high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index gained 0.39%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (NS: APSE ), which rose 6.23% or 20.00 points to trade at 341.00 at the close. Eicher Motors Ltd. (NS: EICH ) added 2.65% or 663.90 points to end at 25720.00 and GAIL Ltd (NS: GAIL ) was up 2.32% or 8.65 points to 382.10 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Idea Cellular Ltd (NS: IDEA ), which lost 1.80% or 1.60 points to trade at 87.30 in late trade. Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (NS: BHEL ) declined 1.64% or 2.75 points to end at 165.10 and Coal India Limited (NS: COAL ) shed 1.53% or 4.50 points to 289.60.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (BO: APSE ) which rose 5.77% to 338.85, HDFC Bank Ltd. (BO: HDBK ) which was up 2.51% to settle at 1463.75 and Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO: BRTI ) which gained 1.67% to close at 350.65.

The worst performers were Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO: ONGC ) which was down 1.34% to 184.45 in late trade, Coal India Limited (BO: COAL ) which lost 1.33% to settle at 290.15 and TATA STEEL LIMITED (BO: TISC ) which was down 1.08% to 478.15 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 968 to 520 and 68 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1692 rose and 956 declined, while 223 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 0.52% to 12.1500.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.31% or 3.90 to $1249.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.26% or 0.13 to hit $49.38 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.49% or 0.26 to trade at $52.28 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.23% to 64.936, while EUR/INR fell 0.17% to 69.7210.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 99.99.

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