India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.36%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.36%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Real Estate , Consumer Durables and IT sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.36%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index gained 0.29%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Grasim Industries Ltd (NS: GRAS ), which rose 6.03% or 65.25 points to trade at 1147.45 at the close. Bank Of Baroda (NS: BOB ) added 2.75% or 4.80 points to end at 179.65 and Indiabulls (NS: INBF ) was up 2.31% or 22.10 points to 979.25 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Yes Bank Ltd. (NS: YESB ), which lost 3.76% or 60.30 points to trade at 1545.15 in late trade. ICICI Bank Ltd . (NS: ICBK ) declined 2.78% or 7.80 points to end at 272.75 and AXIS Bank Ltd. (NS: AXBK ) shed 2.30% or 11.50 points to 488.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Gail (India) Ltd. (BO: GAIL ) which rose 2.02% to 402.10, Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (BO: APSE ) which was up 1.83% to settle at 331.65 and Housing Development Finance Corp. (BO: HDFC ) which gained 1.82% to close at 1516.95.

The worst performers were ICICI Bank Ltd. (BO: ICBK ) which was down 2.90% to 272.80 in late trade, AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which lost 2.26% to settle at 487.95 and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO: SUN ) which was down 1.28% to 655.85 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1065 to 496 and 6 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1779 rose and 1003 declined, while 149 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 5.36% to 11.5600.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.30% or 3.90 to $1279.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.94% or 0.48 to hit $51.33 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 1.04% or 0.55 to trade at $53.48 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.07% to 64.615, while EUR/INR rose 0.38% to 69.5255.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.24% at 99.47.

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