India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.07%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 gained 0.07% to hit a new all time high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.02%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS:ZEE), which rose 7.71% or 16.60 points to trade at 232.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Bajaj Finance Ltd (NS:BJFN) added 4.57% or 223.85 points to end at 5122.50 and Bajaj Finserv Ltd (NS:BJFS) was up 4.07% or 363.45 points to 9296.95 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nestle India Ltd (NS:NEST), which fell 2.16% or 401.90 points to trade at 18189.90 at the close. Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS:HLL) declined 2.14% or 50.70 points to end at 2320.05 and Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS:BPCL) was down 1.69% or 6.85 points to 398.60.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO:BJFN) which rose 4.69% to 5128.05, Bajaj Finserv Ltd (BO:BJFS) which was up 4.15% to settle at 9301.85 and Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (BO:HDFC) which gained 2.19% to close at 2350.90.

The worst performers were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO:HLL) which was down 2.09% to 2321.00 in late trade, Nestle India Ltd (BO:NEST) which lost 2.04% to settle at 18205.75 and ICICI Bank Ltd (BO:ICBK) which was down 1.64% to 517.25 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 848 to 807 and 55 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1502 rose and 1354 declined, while 164 ended unchanged.

Shares in Bajaj Finance Ltd (NS:BJFN) rose to all time highs; gaining 4.57% or 223.85 to 5122.50. Shares in Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO:BJFN) rose to all time highs; up 4.69% or 229.80 to 5128.05.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 0.30% to 19.3450.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.92% or 16.90 to $1849.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.30% or 0.14 to hit $47.13 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.26% or 0.13 to trade at $50.42 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.07% to 73.578, while EUR/INR rose 0.07% to 89.4745.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 90.593.