India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.61%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 added 0.61%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.46%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were NTPC Ltd (NS:NTPC), which rose 7.47% or 6.60 points to trade at 95.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Eicher Motors Ltd. (NS:EICH) added 4.79% or 965.85 points to end at 21110.00 and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS:ZEE) was up 4.71% or 7.60 points to 168.80 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were State Bank Of India (NS:SBI), which fell 1.55% or 3.05 points to trade at 193.45 at the close. Bharti Airtel Ltd. (NS:BRTI) declined 1.47% or 7.75 points to end at 520.85 and Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS:BPCL) was down 1.28% or 5.30 points to 407.95.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were NTPC Ltd (BO:NTPC) which rose 7.92% to 95.40, Bajaj Auto Ltd (BO:BAJA) which was up 4.27% to settle at 3115.35 and Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO:TEML) which gained 3.62% to close at 721.10.

The worst performers were State Bank Of India (BO:SBI) which was down 1.73% to 193.05 in late trade, Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO:BRTI) which lost 1.42% to settle at 521.40 and Reliance Industries Ltd (BO:RELI) which was down 1.07% to 2091.45 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 1021 to 590 and 85 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1547 rose and 1058 declined, while 154 ended unchanged.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 1.68% to 21.3075.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.65% or 12.60 to $1962.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.14% or 0.06 to hit $41.95 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.31% or 0.14 to trade at $44.66 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.03% to 74.855, while EUR/INR rose 0.06% to 88.7025.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 92.977.

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