India stocks lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.24%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 declined 0.24%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.34%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS:ZEE), which rose 4.63% or 8.30 points to trade at 187.40 at the close. Meanwhile, Adani Port and Special Economic Zone Ltd (NS:APSE) added 4.46% or 15.30 points to end at 358.00 and Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS:BPCL) was up 3.51% or 12.00 points to 353.80 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Bharti Airtel Ltd. (NS:BRTI), which fell 4.00% or 18.05 points to trade at 432.75 at the close. Hero MotoCorp Ltd (NS:HROM) declined 3.08% or 89.10 points to end at 2804.90 and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (NS:MRTI) was down 2.52% or 179.70 points to 6938.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Tata Steel Ltd (BO:TISC) which rose 2.27% to 410.35, NTPC Ltd (BO:NTPC) which was up 2.14% to settle at 88.30 and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO:SUN) which gained 2.03% to close at 466.00.

The worst performers were Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO:BRTI) which was down 3.82% to 433.60 in late trade, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO:MRTI) which lost 2.45% to settle at 6940.00 and Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO:BJFN) which was down 2.44% to 3297.05 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 830 to 760 and 92 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1299 rose and 1191 declined, while 170 ended unchanged.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 3.04% to 24.7525 a new 1-month high.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.36% or 6.75 to $1874.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.50% or 0.18 to hit $35.99 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.55% or 0.21 to trade at $38.05 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.23% to 74.543, while EUR/INR rose 0.18% to 86.9730.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 93.918.

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