India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 2.18%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 2.18% – India equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Real Estate , Oil & Gas and Metals sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 fell 2.18% to hit a new 3-month low, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 2.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Cipla Ltd. (NS: CIPL ), which rose 3.91% or 33.60 points to trade at 893.80 at the close. Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS: HLL ) added 1.74% or 38.85 points to end at 2269.10 and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (NS: REDY ) was up 0.95% or 42.75 points to 4560.70 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS: BPCL ), which lost 6.42% or 24.70 points to trade at 360.00 in late trade. Tata Steel Ltd (NS: TISC ) declined 5.22% or 59.15 points to end at 1072.95 and Tata Motors Ltd (NS: TAMO ) shed 4.92% or 23.15 points to 447.05.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which rose 1.70% to 2268.30, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (BO: REDY ) which was up 0.94% to settle at 4559.35 and Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which lost 0.05% to close at 3240.05.

The worst performers were Tata Steel Ltd (BO: TISC ) which was down 5.20% to 1072.95 in late trade, IndusInd Bank Ltd. (BO: INBK ) which lost 4.23% to settle at 845.85 and State Bank Of India (BO: SBI ) which was down 3.97% to 449.20 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1619 to 198 and 31 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2621 fell and 728 advanced, while 117 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 16.08% to 18.9650.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.38% or 6.80 to $1798.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 3.75% or 2.66 to hit $68.20 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 3.05% or 2.24 to trade at $71.28 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.15% to 75.873, while EUR/INR rose 0.08% to 85.4710.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 96.555.

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