India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.45%

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© Reuters. India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.45%© Reuters. India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.45% – India stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the gained 0.45%, while the index climbed 0.43%.

The best performers of the session on the were GAIL Ltd (NS:), which rose 5.31% or 5.90 points to trade at 117.30 at the close. Meanwhile, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS:) added 4.85% or 13.15 points to end at 283.45 and NTPC Ltd (NS:) was up 2.86% or 3.15 points to 113.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Yes Bank Ltd (NS:), which fell 13.85% or 7.00 points to trade at 42.80 at the close. Vedanta Ltd (NS:) declined 1.28% or 1.80 points to end at 138.50 and Hero MotoCorp Ltd (NS:) was down 1.85% or 43.00 points to 2296.30.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were NTPC Ltd (BO:) which rose 2.77% to 113.00, Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO:) which was up 2.28% to settle at 128.00 and Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO:) which gained 1.97% to close at 759.95.

The worst performers were Yes Bank Ltd (BO:) which was down 15.33% to 42.80 in late trade, Vedanta Ltd (BO:) which lost 1.63% to settle at 138.60 and Hero MotoCorp Ltd (BO:) which was down 1.44% to 2296.90 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 977 to 578 and 69 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1414 fell and 957 advanced, while 173 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 6.39% to 13.3775 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.25% or 3.65 to $1471.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.44% or 0.26 to hit $58.98 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 0.50% or 0.32 to trade at $64.02 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.13% to 70.892, while EUR/INR rose 0.05% to 78.5700.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 97.490.

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