India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.30%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 added 0.30% to hit a new all time high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.28%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (NS:HLL), which rose 4.32% or 109.00 points to trade at 2,634.20 at the close. Meanwhile, JSW Steel Ltd (NS:JSTL) added 2.36% or 16.90 points to end at 732.55 and Cipla Ltd. (NS:CIPL) was up 1.76% or 19.40 points to 1,121.15 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were IndusInd Bank Ltd. (NS:INBK), which fell 1.44% or 17.25 points to trade at 1,180.60 at the close. Bajaj Finserv Ltd (NS:BJFS) declined 1.26% or 20.85 points to end at 1,632.00 and Coal India Ltd (NS:COAL) was down 1.15% or 2.65 points to 227.20.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO:HLL) which rose 4.27% to 2,633.40, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO:SUN) which was up 1.46% to settle at 1,049.15 and Nestle India Ltd (BO:NEST) which gained 1.32% to close at 20,081.80.

The worst performers were IndusInd Bank Ltd. (BO:INBK) which was down 1.50% to 1,180.00 in late trade, Bajaj Finserv Ltd (BO:BJFS) which lost 1.27% to settle at 1,632.20 and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO:MRTI) which was down 0.98% to 8,916.65 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 1037 to 837 and 77 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1731 fell and 1624 advanced, while 147 ended unchanged.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 0.37% to 13.61.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.80% or 14.00 to $1,754.30 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 2.38% or 1.84 to hit $79.08 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 2.48% or 2.08 to trade at $85.97 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.08% to 81.70, while EUR/INR rose 0.49% to 84.80.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.43% at 106.18.