India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.51%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.51% – India equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Banking , Consumer Durables and Fast Moving Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.51% to hit a new all time high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.77%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were ICICI Bank Ltd . (NS: ICBK ), which rose 9.18% or 25.05 points to trade at 297.80 at the close. Grasim Industries Ltd (NS: GRAS ) added 3.88% or 44.95 points to end at 1203.45 and Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (NS: APSE ) was up 3.66% or 12.00 points to 339.45 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ), which lost 2.33% or 4.60 points to trade at 192.45 in late trade. Tata Motors Ltd . (NS: TAMO ) declined 2.26% or 10.10 points to end at 436.50 and HCL Technologies Ltd (NS: HCLT ) shed 2.05% or 17.10 points to 818.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were ICICI Bank Ltd. (BO: ICBK ) which rose 9.24% to 297.95, Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (BO: APSE ) which was up 3.68% to settle at 339.60 and AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which gained 3.63% to close at 518.90.

The worst performers were Tata Motors Ltd. (BO: TAMO ) which was down 2.27% to 436.50 in late trade, Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO: ONGC ) which lost 1.15% to settle at 188.75 and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which was down 0.89% to 1335.25 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 807 to 761 and 10 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1406 rose and 1375 declined, while 132 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 1.69% to 11.3325.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 1.02% or 12.77 to $1235.73 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 1.23% or 0.59 to hit $47.23 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 1.26% or 0.64 to trade at $50.15 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.08% to 64.192, while EUR/INR rose 0.44% to 70.1651.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 99.01.

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