India shares mixed at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.18%

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India shares mixed at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.18% – India equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Public Sector Undertakings and Capital Goods sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Healthcare , Real Estate and Auto sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.18%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.02%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Ambuja Cements Ltd. (NS: ABUJ ), which rose 5.80% or 11.95 points to trade at 218.15 at the close. Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS: BPCL ) added 5.68% or 46.45 points to end at 864.85 and Tech Mahindra Limited (NS: TEML ) was up 4.50% or 20.95 points to 486.75 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lupin Ltd (NS: LUPN ), which lost 4.34% or 75.90 points to trade at 1674.30 in late trade. Housing Development Finance Corp. (NS: HDFC ) declined 1.59% or 17.90 points to end at 1108.05 and Cipla Ltd. (NS: CIPL ) shed 1.21% or 6.45 points to 524.55.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BO: BHEL ) which rose 4.23% to 110.85, Gail (India) Ltd. (BO: GAIL ) which was up 4.04% to settle at 353.10 and Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO: ONGC ) which gained 2.95% to close at 212.55.

The worst performers were Cipla Ltd. (BO: CIPL ) which was down 1.54% to 524.45 in late trade, Housing Development Finance Corp. (BO: HDFC ) which lost 1.44% to settle at 1109.70 and HDFC Bank Ltd. (BO: HDBK ) which was down 1.25% to 1017.85 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 710 to 687 and 75 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 424 rose and 377 declined, while 36 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 1.61% to 16.8400 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold for April delivery was up 3.37% or 41.50 to $1271.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 1.77% or 0.68 to hit $39.14 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 1.61% or 0.65 to trade at $40.98 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.33% to 66.610, while EUR/INR rose 0.23% to 75.5770.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.93% at 94.81.

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