India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.69%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.69% – India equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Real Estate , Fast Moving Consumer Goods and Consumer Durables sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.69% to hit a new 3-month high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.70%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Ambuja Cements Ltd. (NS: ABUJ ), which rose 4.25% or 9.75 points to trade at 239.00 at the close. ACC Ltd (NS: ACC ) added 4.21% or 60.00 points to end at 1483.90 and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NS: SUN ) was up 4.12% or 26.65 points to 673.90 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. (NS: REDY ), which lost 1.73% or 54.55 points to trade at 3090.00 in late trade. Cipla Ltd. (NS: CIPL ) declined 1.31% or 7.95 points to end at 599.95 and Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ) shed 1.15% or 2.20 points to 189.55.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO: SUN ) which rose 4.20% to 674.30, ICICI Bank Ltd. (BO: ICBK ) which was up 3.18% to settle at 290.35 and Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (BO: APSE ) which gained 1.99% to close at 309.60.

The worst performers were Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. (BO: REDY ) which was down 1.49% to 3094.80 in late trade, Cipla Ltd. (BO: CIPL ) which lost 1.13% to settle at 601.45 and Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO: ONGC ) which was down 0.97% to 199.00 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 990 to 516 and 62 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1812 rose and 1037 declined, while 133 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 2.06% to 13.3975.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.29% or 3.55 to $1224.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.04% or 0.02 to hit $53.85 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.21% or 0.12 to trade at $56.69 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.11% to 67.225, while EUR/INR fell 0.41% to 72.1643.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.28% at 99.97.

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