India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.21%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.21%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index gained 0.10%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Grasim Industries Ltd (NS:GRAS), which rose 3.10% or 50.40 points to trade at 1,675.25 at the close. Meanwhile, NTPC Ltd (NS:NTPC) added 2.83% or 4.50 points to end at 163.40 and JSW Steel Ltd (NS:JSTL) was up 2.82% or 18.30 points to 667.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Eicher Motors Ltd. (NS:EICH), which fell 3.63% or 126.35 points to trade at 3,355.10 at the close. IndusInd Bank Ltd. (NS:INBK) declined 1.85% or 20.20 points to end at 1,069.75 and Bharti Airtel Ltd. (NS:BRTI) was down 1.37% or 10.15 points to 730.85.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were NTPC Ltd (BO:NTPC) which rose 2.80% to 163.40, Titan Company Ltd (BO:TITN) which was up 2.65% to settle at 2,532.50 and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO:PGRD) which gained 1.92% to close at 230.60.

The worst performers were IndusInd Bank Ltd. (BO:INBK) which was down 1.92% to 1,068.45 in late trade, Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (BO:HDFC) which lost 1.20% to settle at 2,394.75 and Asian Paints Ltd. (BO:ASPN) which was down 1.18% to 3,323.35 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 1049 to 778 and 53 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1901 rose and 1381 declined, while 141 ended unchanged.

Shares in NTPC Ltd (NS:NTPC) rose to 5-year highs; up 2.83% or 4.50 to 163.40. Shares in NTPC Ltd (BO:NTPC) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 2.80% or 4.45 to 163.40.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 6.92% to 18.22.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.66% or 11.65 to $1,759.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 1.26% or 1.17 to hit $93.69 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 1.57% or 1.56 to trade at $100.90 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.08% to 79.81, while EUR/INR rose 0.42% to 79.98.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.28% at 108.13.