India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.19%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.19% – India equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Healthcare , Metals and IT sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 declined 0.19%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.20%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were JSW Steel Ltd (NS: JSTL ), which rose 2.10% or 15.10 points to trade at 732.65 at the close. Britannia Industries Ltd (NS: BRIT ) added 1.92% or 60.60 points to end at 3,209.00 and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (NS: IOC ) was up 1.79% or 2.10 points to 119.30 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ), which lost 5.05% or 30.30 points to trade at 569.50 in late trade. Divi's Laboratories Ltd. (NS: DIVI ) declined 3.01% or 136.55 points to end at 4,402.05 and Wipro Ltd (NS: WIPR ) shed 1.48% or 8.90 points to 591.90.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO: MAHM ) which rose 1.95% to 808.60, Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which was up 1.66% to settle at 2,048.85 and AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which gained 1.39% to close at 760.65.

The worst performers were Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which was down 1.46% to 2,633.95 in late trade, Wipro Ltd (BO: WIPR ) which lost 1.44% to settle at 592.00 and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (BO: REDY ) which was down 1.04% to 4,305.40 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1060 to 769 and 26 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1839 fell and 1445 advanced, while 105 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 0.24% to 20.56 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.46% or 8.80 to $1,924.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 6.09% or 6.57 to hit $101.25 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 5.36% or 5.97 to trade at $105.47 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.17% to 75.71, while EUR/INR fell 0.70% to 83.98.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.44% at 98.31.

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