India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.42%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.42%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Public Sector Undertakings and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 fell 0.42%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 0.26%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. (NS: ARBN ), which rose 6.94% or 41.80 points to trade at 643.90 at the close. Reliance Industries Ltd (NS: RELI ) added 1.95% or 26.45 points to end at 1383.95 and Wipro Ltd (NS: WIPR ) was up 1.85% or 4.75 points to 260.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (NS: IOC ), which lost 3.24% or 13.65 points to trade at 407.05 in late trade. Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS: BPCL ) declined 3.12% or 21.60 points to end at 670.40 and Bharti Infratel Limited (NS: BHRI ) shed 2.93% or 11.30 points to 374.80.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which rose 2.11% to 1384.50, Wipro Ltd (BO: WIPR ) which was up 1.86% to settle at 260.80 and Cipla Ltd. (BO: CIPL ) which gained 1.74% to close at 549.15.

The worst performers were Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (BO: TCS ) which was down 2.42% to 2411.10 in late trade, Larsen & Toubro Limited (BO: LART ) which lost 1.46% to settle at 1735.80 and Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO: ONGC ) which was down 1.18% to 167.50 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 790 to 768 and 7 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1331 rose and 1249 declined, while 159 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 1.30% to 11.3250.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 1.14% or 14.49 to $1261.41 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.16% or 0.07 to hit $44.66 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.06% or 0.03 to trade at $47.03 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.39% to 64.425, while EUR/INR fell 0.14% to 71.9530.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.36% at 97.26.

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