India shares lower at close of trade; S&P CNX Nifty down 2.34%

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India shares lower at close of trade; S&P CNX Nifty down 2.34% – India equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Real Estate , Banking and Fast Moving Consumer Goods sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the S&P CNX Nifty fell 2.34%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 2.37%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the S&P CNX Nifty were Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NSE: ZEE ), which rose 2.25% or 7.20 points to trade at 327.45 at the close. Lupin Ltd (NSE: LUPN ) added 0.49% or 8.70 points to end at 1800.75 and Bharti Airtel Ltd. (NSE: BRTI ) was up 0.36% or 1.50 points to 418.10 in late trade.

Biggest losers included AXIS Bank Ltd. (NSE: AXBK ), which fell 4.38% or 25.35 points to trade at 553.10 in late trade. State Bank Of India (NSE: SBI ) declined 4.30% or 11.95 points to end at 266.25 and IndusInd Bank Ltd. (NSE: INBK ) down 4.05% or 35.80 points to 847.15.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bharti Airtel Ltd. (BO: BRTI ) which rose 0.40% to 417.95, Reliance Industries Ltd (BO: RELI ) which was down 0.29% to settle at 898.70 and Gail (India) Ltd. (BO: GAIL ) which lost 0.47% to close at 387.90.

The worst performers were State Bank Of India (BO: SBI ) which was down 4.28% to 266.25 in late trade, AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO: AXBK ) which lost 4.20% to settle at 554.15 and Hindalco Industries Ltd. (BO: HALC ) which was down 3.97% to 123.30 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones by 1135 to 275 and 5 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 617 fell and 108 advanced, while 3 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

Shares in Hindalco Industries Ltd. (BO: HALC ) fell to 52-week lows; down 3.97% or 5.10 to 123.30.

The India Vix , which measures the implied volatility of S&P CNX Nifty options, was down 0.55% to 16.8200.

Gold for August delivery was up 0.18% or 2.10 to $1190.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 1.00% or 0.60 to hit $60.80 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.74% or 0.48 to trade at $65.36 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.47% to 63.890, while EUR/INR rose 1.34% to 70.4350.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.60% at 96.94.

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