India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.80%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.80% – India equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Banking , Capital Goods and Auto sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 fell 0.80%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.75%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Punjab National Bank (NS: PNBK ), which rose 2.89% or 2.60 points to trade at 92.60 at the close. Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ) added 2.85% or 3.30 points to end at 119.05 and Vedanta Ltd (NS: VDAN ) was up 2.30% or 2.75 points to 122.45 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bharti Infratel Limited (NS: BHRI ), which lost 4.63% or 16.900 points to trade at 348.200 in late trade. ICICI Bank Ltd . (NS: ICBK ) declined 3.59% or 8.90 points to end at 239.05 and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (NS: MRTI ) shed 2.98% or 125.50 points to 4084.10.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Hindalco Industries Ltd. (BO: HALC ) which rose 2.68% to 118.80, Vedanta Ltd (BO: VDAN ) which was up 2.17% to settle at 122.35 and Gail (India) Ltd. (BO: GAIL ) which gained 1.08% to close at 382.35.

The worst performers were ICICI Bank Ltd. (BO: ICBK ) which was down 3.52% to 239.60 in late trade, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO: MRTI ) which lost 2.93% to settle at 4084.00 and Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO: BRTI ) which was down 1.65% to 346.00 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 971 to 473 and 60 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1076 fell and 520 advanced, while 49 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 3.77% to 17.6975 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was up 1.50% or 19.35 to $1307.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 1.48% or 0.71 to hit $47.30 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 1.45% or 0.71 to trade at $48.26 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.33% to 67.299, while EUR/INR fell 0.09% to 75.4590.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.18% at 94.84.

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