India stocks lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.06%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 declined 0.06%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.17%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Tata Steel Ltd (NS:TISC), which rose 5.28% or 36.10 points to trade at 719.90 at the close. Meanwhile, Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS:HALC) added 4.81% or 12.45 points to end at 271.50 and Bharti Airtel Ltd. (NS:BRTI) was up 3.59% or 18.85 points to 544.15 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nestle India Ltd (NS:NEST), which fell 2.04% or 378.25 points to trade at 18137.00 at the close. HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS:HDFL) declined 1.88% or 13.50 points to end at 705.55 and Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS:HLL) was down 1.83% or 44.30 points to 2373.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO:BRTI) which rose 3.60% to 544.50, IndusInd Bank Ltd. (BO:INBK) which was up 3.21% to settle at 952.00 and AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO:AXBK) which gained 2.37% to close at 670.00.

The worst performers were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO:HLL) which was down 1.97% to 2369.50 in late trade, Titan Company Ltd (BO:TITN) which lost 1.92% to settle at 1544.00 and Nestle India Ltd (BO:NEST) which was down 1.89% to 18160.00 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 1073 to 587 and 60 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1891 rose and 1055 declined, while 144 ended unchanged.

Shares in Tata Steel Ltd (NS:TISC) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 5.28% or 36.10 to 719.90. Shares in Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS:HALC) rose to 52-week highs; up 4.81% or 12.45 to 271.50.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 1.81% to 20.6150.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.30% or 5.75 to $1914.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.61% or 0.31 to hit $50.94 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.26% or 0.14 to trade at $54.44 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.34% to 73.365, while EUR/INR fell 0.24% to 89.9020.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.41% at 89.868.

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