India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.97%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.97% – India equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the IT , Technology and Metals sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.97%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 0.94%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were NTPC Ltd (NS: NTPC ), which rose 1.59% or 2.30 points to trade at 147.10 at the close. Shree Cements Ltd. (NS: SHCM ) added 0.54% or 107.95 points to end at 19,962.10 and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (NS: APSE ) was up 0.37% or 2.70 points to 731.90 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Eicher Motors Ltd. (NS: EICH ), which lost 3.05% or 92.80 points to trade at 2,954.05 in late trade. Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS: HALC ) declined 2.61% or 9.30 points to end at 346.90 and Infosys Ltd (NS: INFY ) shed 2.35% or 34.55 points to 1,438.60.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were NTPC Ltd (BO: NTPC ) which rose 1.87% to 147.05, Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO: BRTI ) which was up 0.33% to settle at 662.45 and Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO: BJFN ) which gained 0.21% to close at 5,873.45.

The worst performers were Infosys Ltd (BO: INFY ) which was down 2.33% to 1,438.50 in late trade, Nestle India Ltd (BO: NEST ) which lost 1.87% to settle at 18,132.60 and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO: PGRD ) which was down 1.66% to 213.40 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1049 to 757 and 72 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1738 fell and 1437 advanced, while 167 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 0.98% to 18.55.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.05% or 0.95 to $1,730.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 2.85% or 2.97 to hit $101.12 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 2.61% or 2.79 to trade at $104.31 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.10% to 79.57, while EUR/INR fell 0.03% to 79.70.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.38% at 108.24.

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