India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.44%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.44%
Credit: © Reuters. – India equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the IT , Technology and Auto sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 declined 0.44%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.33%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS: HLL ), which rose 2.13% or 19.40 points to trade at 930.05 at the close. Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (NS: BHEL ) added 1.34% or 1.90 points to end at 143.90 and ITC Ltd (NS: ITC ) was up 1.26% or 3.15 points to 254.10 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Grasim Industries Ltd. (NS: GRAS ), which lost 2.81% or 130.40 points to trade at 4502.25 in late trade. Ambuja Cements Ltd. (NS: ABUJ ) declined 2.33% or 6.45 points to end at 270.00 and ACC Ltd (NS: ACC ) shed 2.14% or 36.20 points to 1655.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which rose 1.94% to 929.65, ITC Ltd (BO: ITC ) which was up 1.19% to settle at 254.05 and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BO: BHEL ) which gained 1.16% to close at 143.55.

The worst performers were Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (BO: TCS ) which was down 2.02% to 2551.45 in late trade, NTPC Limited (BO: NTPC ) which lost 1.92% to settle at 163.55 and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO: SUN ) which was down 1.63% to 769.95 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 817 to 637 and 78 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 884 fell and 740 advanced, while 64 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 2.08% to 14.2350.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.49% or 6.60 to $1339.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 2.87% or 1.41 to hit $47.70 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 3.24% or 1.65 to trade at $49.23 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.07% to 67.186, while EUR/INR fell 0.19% to 75.8790.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.28% at 94.74.

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