India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.95%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.95% – India equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Banking , IT and Carbon sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.95%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 1.16%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS: SBIL ), which rose 5.14% or 47.45 points to trade at 971.30 at the close. Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (NS: KTKM ) added 3.29% or 63.10 points to end at 1978.95 and HDFC Bank Ltd (NS: HDBK ) was up 2.83% or 43.00 points to 1562.50 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS: BPCL ), which lost 4.46% or 20.80 points to trade at 445.90 in late trade. Tata Steel Ltd (NS: TISC ) declined 4.14% or 30.50 points to end at 706.75 and GAIL Ltd (NS: GAIL ) shed 3.31% or 5.10 points to 149.05.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (BO: KTKM ) which rose 3.17% to 1975.90, HDFC Bank Ltd (BO: HDBK ) which was up 3.00% to settle at 1565.00 and Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO: TEML ) which gained 2.73% to close at 995.00.

The worst performers were Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO: PGRD ) which was down 2.11% to 215.65 in late trade, Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO: ONGC ) which lost 1.23% to settle at 116.85 and NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which was down 1.18% to 109.25 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1072 to 595 and 63 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1671 fell and 1216 advanced, while 185 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 8.83% to 22.4950.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.23% or 20.65 to $1698.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 1.17% or 0.76 to hit $65.81 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 1.33% or 0.91 to trade at $69.15 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.54% to 72.954, while EUR/INR fell 0.06% to 86.8190.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.32% at 92.043.

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