India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.49%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.49%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Metals and Green Energy sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.49%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 0.44%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Asian Paints Ltd. (NS: ASPN ), which rose 2.09% or 23.80 points to trade at 1160.80 at the close. Bajaj Finance Ltd (NS: BJFN ) added 0.94% or 16.15 points to end at 1726.25 and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (NS: MAHM ) was up 0.84% or 6.15 points to 734.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (NS: IOC ), which lost 3.00% or 5.93 points to trade at 192.05 in late trade. Yes Bank Ltd (NS: YESB ) declined 2.20% or 7.00 points to end at 311.85 and Reliance Industries Ltd (NS: RELI ) shed 1.86% or 17.25 points to 911.80.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which rose 2.14% to 1160.95, HDFC Bank Ltd (BO: HDBK ) which was up 0.79% to settle at 1880.10 and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which gained 0.67% to close at 733.60.

The worst performers were Yes Bank Ltd (BO: YESB ) which was down 2.04% to 312.40 in late trade, Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which lost 1.76% to settle at 912.25 and ICICI Bank Ltd (BO: ICBK ) which was down 1.60% to 301.45 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1028 to 566 and 43 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1605 rose and 1004 declined, while 150 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 0.23% to 14.3300.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.14% or 1.80 to $1323.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.02% or 0.01 to hit $60.95 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.18% or 0.12 to trade at $64.77 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.08% to 64.905, while EUR/INR rose 0.02% to 80.2094.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 89.75.

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