India stocks lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.14%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 declined 0.14%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index lost 0.25%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Tata Motors Ltd (NS:TAMO), which rose 2.82% or 4.90 points to trade at 178.65 at the close. Meanwhile, Asian Paints Ltd. (NS:ASPN) added 2.01% or 43.25 points to end at 2198.55 and Hero MotoCorp Ltd (NS:HROM) was up 2.00% or 60.45 points to 3085.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nestle India Ltd (NS:NEST), which fell 4.34% or 770.75 points to trade at 16971.20 at the close. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (NS:PGRD) declined 3.24% or 6.40 points to end at 191.25 and JSW Steel Ltd (NS:JSTL) was down 2.60% or 9.35 points to 349.85.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Asian Paints Ltd. (BO:ASPN) which rose 1.63% to 2191.10, Tata Steel Ltd (BO:TISC) which was up 1.57% to settle at 577.85 and Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO:BJFN) which gained 1.56% to close at 4903.30.

The worst performers were Nestle India Ltd (BO:NEST) which was down 4.42% to 16967.75 in late trade, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO:PGRD) which lost 3.39% to settle at 191.00 and HCL Technologies Ltd (BO:HCLT) which was down 2.22% to 823.65 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 1053 to 548 and 106 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1697 rose and 1014 declined, while 170 ended unchanged.

Shares in Tata Steel Ltd (BO:TISC) rose to 52-week highs; up 1.57% or 8.95 to 577.85. Shares in Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO:BJFN) rose to all time highs; up 1.56% or 75.45 to 4903.30.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 1.02% to 19.8175.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.03% or 0.60 to $1806.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.90% or 0.41 to hit $45.30 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.67% or 0.32 to trade at $48.11 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.11% to 73.916, while EUR/INR rose 0.21% to 88.1300.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 91.938.

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