India shares higher at close of trade; S&P CNX Nifty up 0.69%

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India shares higher at close of trade; S&P CNX Nifty up 0.69% – India equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the IT , Technology and Banking sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the S&P CNX Nifty added 0.69%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.69%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P CNX Nifty were Tech Mahindra Limited (NSE: TEML ), which rose 3.48% or 21.55 points to trade at 640.80 at the close. HCL Technologies Ltd (NSE: HCLT ) added 2.78% or 25.95 points to end at 960.10 and Housing Development Finance Corp. (NSE: HDFC ) was up 2.38% or 29.50 points to 1270.05 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bajaj Auto Limited (NSE: BAJA ), which fell 2.33% or 51.25 points to trade at 2151.35 in late trade. Cairn India Limited (NSE: CAIL ) declined 1.91% or 3.85 points to end at 197.20 and TATA STEEL LIMITED (NSE: TISC ) down 1.91% or 7.05 points to 361.30.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Housing Development Finance Corp. (BO: HDFC ) which rose 2.11% to 1267.30, Wipro Ltd. (BO: WIPR ) which was up 2.03% to settle at 564.10 and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (BO: TCS ) which gained 1.82% to close at 2557.55.

The worst performers were Bajaj Auto Limited (BO: BAJA ) which was down 2.22% to 2150.50 in late trade, TATA STEEL LIMITED (BO: TISC ) which lost 1.85% to settle at 361.35 and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BO: BHEL ) which was down 1.51% to 231.30 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones by 731 to 697 and 12 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 351 fell and 334 advanced, while 2 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

Shares in Cairn India Limited (NSE: CAIL ) fell to 5-year lows; losing 1.91% or 3.85 to 197.20.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of S&P CNX Nifty options, was down 3.02% to 17.7175.

Gold for June delivery was up 0.11% or 1.30 to $1208.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 1.11% or 0.65 to hit $58.63 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.42% or 0.91 to trade at $64.93 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.13% to 63.870, while EUR/INR fell 0.25% to 70.9180.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.28% at 95.64.

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