India shares higher at close of trade; S&P CNX Nifty up 0.44%

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India shares higher at close of trade; S&P CNX Nifty up 0.44% – India equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Healthcare , Oil & Gas and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the S&P CNX Nifty rose 0.44% to hit a new 1-month high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.41%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P CNX Nifty were Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. (NSE: REDY ), which rose 3.59% or 128.95 points to trade at 3716.70 at the close. Cipla Ltd. (NSE: CIPL ) added 3.51% or 22.15 points to end at 653.70 and Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NSE: BPCL ) was up 3.10% or 28.00 points to 930.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Vedanta Ltd (NSE: VDAN ), which lost 4.19% or 7.15 points to trade at 163.40 in late trade. NMDC Ltd (NSE: NMDC ) declined 1.87% or 2.20 points to end at 115.55 and Tech Mahindra Limited (NSE: TEML ) shed 1.49% or 7.05 points to 464.55.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. (BO: REDY ) which rose 3.64% to 3711.75, Cipla Ltd. (BO: CIPL ) which was up 3.35% to settle at 652.55 and Hero MotoCorp Limited (BO: HROM ) which gained 1.34% to close at 2612.40.

The worst performers were Vedanta Ltd (BO: VDAN ) which was down 4.45% to 163.05 in late trade, Hindalco Industries Ltd. (BO: HALC ) which lost 1.36% to settle at 109.05 and NTPC Limited (BO: NTPC ) which was down 0.76% to 137.80 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 977 to 460 and 8 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 494 rose and 253 declined, while 2 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of S&P CNX Nifty options, was down 1.76% to 16.0175.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was down 0.33% or 3.80 to $1164.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 2.19% or 1.22 to hit $54.30 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 2.78% or 1.68 to trade at $58.65 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.12% to 63.490, while EUR/INR fell 0.65% to 70.0200.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.30% at 96.66.

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