India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 1.27%

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India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 1.27% – India equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Metals , Consumer Durables and Fast Moving Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 1.27%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index gained 1.17%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Tata Steel Ltd (NS: TISC ), which rose 5.82% or 42.10 points to trade at 765.25 at the close. Bajaj Finserv Ltd (NS: BJFS ) added 4.44% or 402.45 points to end at 9460.00 and Asian Paints Ltd. (NS: ASPN ) was up 3.99% or 95.80 points to 2498.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included UPL Ltd (NS: UPLL ), which lost 1.39% or 8.30 points to trade at 587.35 in late trade. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (NS: PGRD ) declined 1.25% or 2.70 points to end at 213.70 and Eicher Motors Ltd. (NS: EICH ) shed 0.72% or 18.55 points to 2561.90.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bajaj Finserv Ltd (BO: BJFS ) which rose 4.49% to 9466.65, Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which was up 4.28% to settle at 2504.55 and Titan Company Ltd (BO: TITN ) which gained 4.06% to close at 1509.45.

The worst performers were Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO: PGRD ) which was down 0.97% to 214.60 in late trade, IndusInd Bank Ltd. (BO: INBK ) which lost 0.58% to settle at 952.70 and ITC Ltd (BO: ITC ) which was down 0.17% to 210.90 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1020 to 651 and 56 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1583 rose and 1263 declined, while 168 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 9.02% to 20.6500.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.03% or 0.60 to $1725.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 2.10% or 1.23 to hit $59.79 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 1.82% or 1.13 to trade at $63.08 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.22% to 72.500, while EUR/INR fell 0.06% to 85.4265.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 92.797.

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