India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.53%

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India shares lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.53% – India equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Metals , Auto and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.53% to hit a new 1-month low, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS: ZEE ), which rose 4.28% or 15.45 points to trade at 379.60 at the close. Asian Paints Ltd. (NS: ASPN ) added 3.44% or 49.15 points to end at 1483.40 and Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NS: HDFC ) was up 1.94% or 41.40 points to 2184.25 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Adani Port and Special Economic Zone Ltd (NS: APSE ), which lost 5.08% or 20.30 points to trade at 380.80 in late trade. Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd (NS: INBF ) declined 4.50% or 28.85 points to end at 611.70 and UPL Ltd (NS: UPLL ) shed 5.45% or 35.15 points to 617.05.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Asian Paints Ltd. (BO: ASPN ) which rose 3.42% to 1477.15, Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO: HLL ) which was up 2.06% to settle at 1728.00 and Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (BO: HDFC ) which gained 1.84% to close at 2177.00.

The worst performers were IndusInd Bank Ltd. (BO: INBK ) which was down 3.87% to 1361.45 in late trade, Tata Motors Ltd DVR (BO: TAMdv ) which lost 3.86% to settle at 72.20 and Tata Motors Ltd (BO: TAMO ) which was down 3.17% to 151.25 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1124 to 456 and 64 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1557 fell and 802 advanced, while 141 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India VIX , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 4.97% to 12.7600.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.31% or 4.45 to $1426.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.09% or 0.05 to hit $56.82 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.20% or 0.13 to trade at $63.70 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.01% to 69.010, while EUR/INR fell 0.05% to 76.9255.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 97.373.

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