India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.44%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.44% – India equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Real Estate , Healthcare and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 gained 0.44% to hit a new 6-month high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.46%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. (NS: ARBN ), which rose 4.91% or 37.35 points to trade at 798.05 at the close. Coal India Limited (NS: COAL ) added 3.23% or 10.30 points to end at 329.25 and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (NS: BHEL ) was up 3.11% or 4.35 points to 144.15 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Wipro Ltd . (NS: WIPR ), which lost 1.89% or 10.40 points to trade at 538.85 in late trade. Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ) declined 1.52% or 2.10 points to end at 135.90 and AXIS Bank Ltd. (NS: AXBK ) shed 1.27% or 7.20 points to 558.25.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BO: BHEL ) which rose 3.41% to 144.25, Coal India Limited (BO: COAL ) which was up 3.23% to settle at 329.25 and Tata Power Co. Ltd (BO: TTPW ) which gained 2.77% to close at 72.35.

The worst performers were Wipro Ltd. (BO: WIPR ) which was down 1.97% to 538.60 in late trade, Hindalco Industries Ltd. (BO: HALC ) which lost 1.49% to settle at 135.80 and AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which was down 0.98% to 558.45 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 995 to 461 and 71 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1051 rose and 565 declined, while 51 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 1.23% to 15.9900.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was down 0.51% or 6.85 to $1325.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.18% or 0.08 to hit $45.53 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.45% or 0.21 to trade at $46.87 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.00% to 67.186, while EUR/INR fell 0.11% to 73.9770.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.07% at 97.13.

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