India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.02%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.02%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , Oil & Gas and Consumer Durables sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.02%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Bharti Infratel Limited (NS: BHRI ), which rose 2.48% or 8.80 points to trade at 363.00 at the close. POWER GRID CORPORATION OF INDIA (NS: PGRD ) added 2.45% or 5.05 points to end at 211.05 and UltraTech Cement Ltd (NS: ULTC ) was up 2.23% or 94.00 points to 4301.40 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lupin Ltd (NS: LUPN ), which lost 2.98% or 38.90 points to trade at 1264.90 in late trade. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. (NS: ARBN ) declined 2.04% or 12.15 points to end at 584.65 and Tata Power Co. Ltd (NS: TTPW ) shed 1.79% or 1.50 points to 82.20.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were POWER GRID CORPORATION OF INDIA (BO: PGRD ) which rose 2.31% to 210.75, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (BO: TCS ) which was up 1.98% to settle at 2337.40 and Infosys Ltd (BO: INFY ) which gained 1.59% to close at 935.65.

The worst performers were Lupin Ltd (BO: LUPN ) which was down 3.09% to 1264.20 in late trade, Housing Development Finance Corp. (BO: HDFC ) which lost 1.37% to settle at 1561.20 and ICICI Bank Ltd. (BO: ICBK ) which was down 1.16% to 272.75 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 882 to 681 and 15 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1450 fell and 1310 advanced, while 150 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 0.70% to 11.5275.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.12% or 1.51 to $1255.49 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.90% or 0.43 to hit $48.09 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.01% or 0.51 to trade at $50.97 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.06% to 64.145, while EUR/INR fell 0.21% to 69.9907.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 98.96.

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