India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.26%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.26%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Consumer Durables and Green Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 declined 0.26%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 0.25%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. (NS: ARBN ), which rose 2.47% or 17.90 points to trade at 742.85 at the close. Ambuja Cements Ltd. (NS: ABUJ ) added 1.63% or 4.40 points to end at 273.95 and NTPC Ltd (NS: NTPC ) was up 1.40% or 2.35 points to 170.40 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tech Mahindra Ltd (NS: TEML ), which lost 3.03% or 14.10 points to trade at 450.95 in late trade. Bharti Infratel Ltd (NS: BHRI ) declined 2.85% or 11.85 points to end at 404.65 and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (NS: PGRD ) shed 1.94% or 4.05 points to 205.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which rose 1.79% to 170.80, Coal India Ltd (BO: COAL ) which was up 1.11% to settle at 273.00 and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which gained 0.85% to close at 1300.00.

The worst performers were Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO: PGRD ) which was down 1.99% to 204.85 in late trade, ICICI Bank Ltd (BO: ICBK ) which lost 1.54% to settle at 271.75 and Gail (India) Ltd. (BO: GAIL ) which was down 1.25% to 430.90 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 882 to 659 and 27 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1453 rose and 1104 declined, while 105 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 0.76% to 11.7100.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.34% or 4.40 to $1281.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.22% or 0.11 to hit $50.09 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.66% or 0.37 to trade at $56.17 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.05% to 65.045, while EUR/INR fell 0.05% to 76.4352.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.09% at 93.39.

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