India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.27%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.27%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Metals , IT and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 fell 0.27%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 0.16%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were AXIS Bank Ltd (NS: AXBK ), which rose 3.81% or 19.80 points to trade at 540.00 at the close. Grasim Industries Ltd (NS: GRAS ) added 2.14% or 22.50 points to end at 1072.95 and Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS: ONGC ) was up 1.75% or 2.85 points to 165.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tata Steel Ltd (NS: TISC ), which lost 2.45% or 14.00 points to trade at 557.20 in late trade. Bharti Infratel Ltd (NS: BHRI ) declined 2.18% or 9.05 points to end at 406.10 and Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. (NS: ARBN ) shed 2.00% or 15.35 points to 750.50.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which rose 3.87% to 540.30, Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO: ONGC ) which was up 1.75% to settle at 165.90 and HDFC Bank Ltd (BO: HDBK ) which gained 0.92% to close at 1708.15.

The worst performers were Tata Steel Ltd (BO: TISC ) which was down 2.64% to 555.90 in late trade, NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which lost 1.22% to settle at 165.30 and Infosys Ltd (BO: INFY ) which was down 1.11% to 969.00 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 847 to 707 and 11 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1407 fell and 1244 advanced, while 135 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 0.53% to 11.3150.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.43% or 5.35 to $1236.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.02% or 0.01 to hit $47.33 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.08% or 0.04 to trade at $49.74 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.19% to 64.418, while EUR/INR rose 0.15% to 74.1530.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 94.81.

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