India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.26%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.26% – India equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Power , Auto and Consumer Durables sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 declined 0.26%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 0.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Reliance Industries Ltd (NS: RELI ), which rose 2.03% or 55.20 points to trade at 2,779.50 at the close. Infosys Ltd (NS: INFY ) added 0.91% or 13.70 points to end at 1,521.70 and Larsen & Toubro Ltd (NS: LART ) was up 0.91% or 14.90 points to 1,652.05 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Grasim Industries Ltd (NS: GRAS ), which lost 6.50% or 93.10 points to trade at 1,339.45 in late trade. UltraTech Cement Ltd (NS: ULTC ) declined 5.48% or 329.00 points to end at 5,678.85 and Shree Cements Ltd. (NS: SHCM ) shed 4.61% or 996.75 points to 20,638.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which rose 2.02% to 2,779.50, Infosys Ltd (BO: INFY ) which was up 0.94% to settle at 1,522.00 and Larsen & Toubro Ltd (BO: LART ) which gained 0.85% to close at 1,651.60.

The worst performers were UltraTech Cement Ltd (BO: ULTC ) which was down 5.49% to 5,677.40 in late trade, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO: MRTI ) which lost 2.71% to settle at 7,709.85 and NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which was down 2.51% to 155.05 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1249 to 585 and 46 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1907 fell and 1314 advanced, while 127 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 2.05% to 19.90 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.20% or 3.70 to $1,867.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.68% or 0.79 to hit $116.08 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.54% or 0.64 to trade at $116.97 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.30% to 77.61, while EUR/INR rose 0.20% to 83.32.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 101.91.

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