India shares lower at close of trade; S&P CNX Nifty down 0.20%

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India shares lower at close of trade; S&P CNX Nifty down 0.20% – India equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Real Estate , Banking and IT sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the S&P CNX Nifty lost 0.20%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 0.17%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P CNX Nifty were Coal India Limited (NSE: COAL ), which rose 4.32% or 16.80 points to trade at 405.35 at the close. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NSE: ZEE ) added 3.46% or 11.25 points to end at 336.60 and GAIL Ltd (NSE: GAIL ) was up 3.21% or 12.00 points to 386.15 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ambuja Cements Ltd. (NSE: ABUJ ), which fell 3.14% or 7.20 points to trade at 221.80 in late trade. ACC Ltd (NSE: ACC ) declined 2.21% or 32.40 points to end at 1434.50 and UltraTech Cement Ltd (NSE: ULTC ) down 2.15% or 61.80 points to 2806.25.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Coal India Limited (BO: COAL ) which rose 4.44% to 405.60, Gail (India) Ltd. (BO: GAIL ) which was up 3.42% to settle at 386.80 and NTPC Limited (BO: NTPC ) which gained 2.52% to close at 140.15.

The worst performers were ICICI Bank Ltd. (BO: ICBK ) which was down 2.18% to 284.50 in late trade, Tata Motors Ltd. (BO: TAMO ) which lost 2.11% to settle at 442.60 and Housing Development Finance Corp. (BO: HDFC ) which was down 1.68% to 1197.25 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones by 759 to 660 and 11 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 364 fell and 361 advanced on the India National Stock Exchange.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of S&P CNX Nifty options, was down 0.19% to 18.0875.

Gold for August delivery was down 0.08% or 0.90 to $1174.30 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.59% or 0.34 to hit $57.66 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.23% or 0.14 to trade at $61.88 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.25% to 63.800, while EUR/INR fell 0.23% to 71.7210.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.15% at 95.64.

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