India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.03%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.03%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods , Consumer Durables and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.03%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.16%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (NS: BHEL ), which rose 4.58% or 7.85 points to trade at 179.10 at the close. Ambuja Cements Ltd. (NS: ABUJ ) added 1.93% or 4.60 points to end at 243.35 and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS: ZEE ) was up 1.82% or 9.90 points to 553.40 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ), which lost 2.14% or 4.25 points to trade at 193.95 in late trade. ITC Ltd (NS: ITC ) declined 1.74% or 4.85 points to end at 274.10 and State Bank Of India (NS: SBI ) shed 1.51% or 4.50 points to 292.85.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were TATA STEEL LIMITED (BO: TISC ) which rose 1.68% to 501.65, Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which was up 1.66% to settle at 1438.35 and Bajaj Auto Limited (BO: BAJA ) which gained 1.46% to close at 2801.00.

The worst performers were ITC Ltd (BO: ITC ) which was down 1.65% to 274.35 in late trade, ICICI Bank Ltd. (BO: ICBK ) which lost 1.40% to settle at 280.85 and State Bank Of India (BO: SBI ) which was down 1.35% to 292.70 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 839 to 725 and 7 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1419 rose and 1383 declined, while 128 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 2.25% to 11.2900 a new all time low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.49% or 6.15 to $1254.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.18% or 0.09 to hit $51.24 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.24% or 0.13 to trade at $54.49 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.41% to 64.790, while EUR/INR fell 0.06% to 69.1284.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 100.48.

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