India stocks lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.13%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.13%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.06%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Asian Paints Ltd. (NS:ASPN), which rose 4.70% or 110.75 points to trade at 2465.75 at the close. Meanwhile, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (NS:REDY) added 2.58% or 111.85 points to end at 4454.10 and Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS:HLL) was up 1.50% or 33.20 points to 2244.05 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Tata Steel Ltd (NS:TISC), which fell 1.68% or 12.35 points to trade at 724.05 at the close. Cipla Ltd. (NS:CIPL) declined 1.64% or 13.20 points to end at 792.30 and Larsen & Toubro Ltd (NS:LART) was down 1.48% or 21.95 points to 1461.80.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Asian Paints Ltd. (BO:ASPN) which rose 4.66% to 2465.75, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (BO:REDY) which was up 2.56% to settle at 4454.00 and HCL Technologies Ltd (BO:HCLT) which gained 1.65% to close at 1008.50.

The worst performers were Larsen & Toubro Ltd (BO:LART) which was down 1.56% to 1461.00 in late trade, ICICI Bank Ltd (BO:ICBK) which lost 1.38% to settle at 594.90 and State Bank Of India (BO:SBI) which was down 1.37% to 378.45 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 875 to 785 and 64 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1432 fell and 1418 advanced, while 173 ended unchanged.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 4.89% to 20.1900 a new 1-month low.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.19% or 3.20 to $1732.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 1.45% or 0.95 to hit $64.44 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 1.44% or 0.99 to trade at $67.89 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.01% to 72.526, while EUR/INR rose 0.13% to 86.6250.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 91.767.