India shares lower at close of trade; S&P CNX Nifty down 0.14%

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India shares lower at close of trade; S&P CNX Nifty down 0.14% – India equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the IT , Consumer Durables and Technology sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the S&P CNX Nifty lost 0.14%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.17%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P CNX Nifty were Asian Paints Ltd. (NSE: ASPN ), which rose 4.45% or 33.95 points to trade at 796.45 at the close. Punjab National Bank (NSE: PNBK ) added 3.97% or 5.75 points to end at 150.60 and Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (NSE: JNSP ) was up 3.08% or 4.15 points to 138.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lupin Ltd (NSE: LUPN ), which fell 3.41% or 57.55 points to trade at 1631.95 in late trade. Vedanta Ltd (NSE: VDAN ) declined 1.56% or 3.40 points to end at 214.75 and HCL Technologies Ltd (NSE: HCLT ) down 1.28% or 12.00 points to 925.30.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Hindalco Industries Ltd. (BO: HALC ) which rose 2.92% to 137.40, State Bank Of India (BO: SBI ) which was up 2.37% to settle at 280.65 and Bajaj Auto Limited (BO: BAJA ) which gained 1.87% to close at 2165.00.

The worst performers were Vedanta Ltd (BO: VDAN ) which was down 1.65% to 214.30 in late trade, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO: SUN ) which lost 1.12% to settle at 944.70 and Infosys Ltd (BO: INFY ) which was down 1.09% to 1934.55 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones by 840 to 572 and 10 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 414 rose and 280 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 up 0.07% to 20.7000 a new 1-month high.

Gold for June delivery was up 0.04% or 0.50 to $1218.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.22% or 0.14 to hit $60.63 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.63% or 0.42 to trade at $67.69 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.37% to 63.775, while EUR/INR rose 0.26% to 72.8860.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.50% at 93.27.

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