India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.50%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.50%

Investing.com – India equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , Oil & Gas and Banking sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 gained 0.50% to hit a new 3-month high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.59%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NS: SUN ), which rose 3.67% or 23.80 points to trade at 673.10 at the close. HDFC Bank Ltd . (NS: HDBK ) added 3.55% or 47.10 points to end at 1375.00 and ICICI Bank Ltd . (NS: ICBK ) was up 2.08% or 5.80 points to 284.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bharti Infratel Limited (NS: BHRI ), which lost 3.68% or 11.750 points to trade at 307.500 in late trade. Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ) declined 2.32% or 4.35 points to end at 183.40 and Idea Cellular Ltd (NS: IDEA ) shed 1.81% or 1.95 points to 105.90.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO: SUN ) which rose 4.03% to 675.45, HDFC Bank Ltd. (BO: HDBK ) which was up 3.75% to settle at 1377.15 and Cipla Ltd. (BO: CIPL ) which gained 1.58% to close at 592.60.

The worst performers were Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (BO: TCS ) which was down 1.58% to 2408.15 in late trade, Hero MotoCorp Limited (BO: HROM ) which lost 1.29% to settle at 3085.65 and Infosys Ltd (BO: INFY ) which was down 1.21% to 999.70 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 788 to 706 and 68 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1384 rose and 1362 declined, while 190 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 2.17% to 13.4325.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.11% or 1.35 to $1242.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.39% or 0.21 to hit $53.15 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.54% or 0.30 to trade at $55.35 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.10% to 67.105, while EUR/INR fell 0.26% to 71.4150.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.19% at 100.64.

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