India stocks lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 1.36%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 1.36%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 1.33%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd (NS:HDFL), which rose 3.20% or 18.05 points to trade at 582.55 at the close. Meanwhile, Nestle India Ltd (NS:NEST) added 2.57% or 408.00 points to end at 16273.45 and Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (NS:KTKM) was up 1.99% or 27.50 points to 1410.55 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Hero MotoCorp Ltd (NS:HROM), which fell 6.72% or 209.05 points to trade at 2902.00 at the close. Bajaj Auto Ltd (NS:BAJA) declined 6.01% or 185.25 points to end at 2897.00 and Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS:HALC) was down 5.29% or 9.65 points to 172.60.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Nestle India Ltd (BO:NEST) which rose 2.54% to 16265.25, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (BO:KTKM) which was up 2.36% to settle at 1415.75 and IndusInd Bank Ltd. (BO:INBK) which gained 1.45% to close at 616.25.

The worst performers were Bajaj Auto Ltd (BO:BAJA) which was down 6.05% to 2896.75 in late trade, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO:MAHM) which lost 4.53% to settle at 596.75 and Reliance Industries Ltd (BO:RELI) which was down 3.97% to 2028.70 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 1099 to 519 and 90 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1619 fell and 975 advanced, while 171 ended unchanged.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 4.60% to 22.8325.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.01% or 0.15 to $1905.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 1.93% or 0.77 to hit $39.08 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 1.62% or 0.68 to trade at $41.39 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.23% to 74.000, while EUR/INR fell 0.12% to 87.4570.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 92.963.

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