India stocks lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 0.59%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 0.59%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index fell 0.73%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS:ONGC), which rose 7.63% or 7.80 points to trade at 110.05 at the close. Meanwhile, GAIL Ltd (NS:GAIL) added 7.11% or 9.55 points to end at 143.95 and Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS:BPCL) was up 4.69% or 19.30 points to 431.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Bajaj Finance Ltd (NS:BJFN), which fell 2.47% or 141.15 points to trade at 5564.00 at the close. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (NS:MAHM) declined 2.18% or 19.95 points to end at 895.00 and Tata Motors Ltd (NS:TAMO) was down 2.17% or 7.15 points to 323.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO:ONGC) which rose 7.73% to 110.10, NTPC Ltd (BO:NTPC) which was up 3.93% to settle at 103.25 and Asian Paints Ltd. (BO:ASPN) which gained 3.50% to close at 2472.80.

The worst performers were Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO:BJFN) which was down 2.44% to 5565.00 in late trade, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (BO:KTKM) which lost 2.12% to settle at 1947.00 and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO:MAHM) which was down 2.08% to 895.55 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 935 to 717 and 56 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1589 rose and 1275 declined, while 146 ended unchanged.

Shares in Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS:ONGC) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 7.63% or 7.80 to 110.05. Shares in Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO:ONGC) rose to 52-week highs; rising 7.73% or 7.90 to 110.10.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 0.17% to 21.5425.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.56% or 9.95 to $1782.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.03% or 0.02 to hit $61.12 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $64.34 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.28% to 72.608, while EUR/INR fell 0.05% to 87.6015.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.22% at 90.752.

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