India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 1.21%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 1.21% – India equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods , Power and Capital Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 added 1.21%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 1.23%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS: HLL ), which rose 4.51% or 96.75 points to trade at 2,241.85 at the close. HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS: HDFL ) added 4.34% or 23.75 points to end at 571.40 and SBI Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS: SBIL ) was up 3.97% or 42.65 points to 1,116.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bajaj Auto Ltd (NS: BAJA ), which lost 1.82% or 71.25 points to trade at 3,834.40 in late trade. Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ) declined 0.75% or 3.70 points to end at 488.60 and Bharti Airtel Ltd. (NS: BRTI ) shed 0.68% or 5.15 points to 747.35.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which rose 4.55% to 2,241.80, Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which was up 3.18% to settle at 3,248.30 and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO: PGRD ) which gained 2.79% to close at 235.65.

The worst performers were Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO: BRTI ) which was down 0.84% to 747.25 in late trade, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which lost 0.54% to settle at 921.70 and HCL Technologies Ltd (BO: HCLT ) which was down 0.31% to 1,092.65 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 970 to 856 and 49 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1726 fell and 1578 advanced, while 104 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 5.96% to 19.38.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.06% or 1.16 to $1,889.86 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.32% or 0.33 to hit $102.35 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.20% or 0.21 to trade at $105.16 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.16% to 76.58, while EUR/INR fell 0.47% to 80.47.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.61% at 103.59.

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