India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.15% By

India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.15% – India stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the added 0.15% to hit a new all time high, while the index climbed 0.03%.

The best performers of the session on the were Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (NS:), which rose 7.39% or 532.60 points to trade at 7739.10 at the close. Meanwhile, Bharti Infratel Ltd (NS:) added 6.56% or 14.75 points to end at 239.55 and Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS:) was up 4.54% or 3.85 points to 88.70 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were HDFC Bank Ltd (NS:), which fell 2.11% or 29.75 points to trade at 1377.20 at the close. Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (NS:) declined 1.46% or 40.10 points to end at 2709.45 and Bajaj Auto Ltd (NS:) was down 1.31% or 43.75 points to 3294.40.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO:) which rose 7.45% to 7740.15, Asian Paints Ltd. (BO:) which was up 4.08% to settle at 2410.85 and Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO:) which gained 4.07% to close at 88.30.

The worst performers were HDFC Bank Ltd (BO:) which was down 2.13% to 1377.05 in late trade, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (BO:) which lost 1.46% to settle at 2709.00 and Infosys Ltd (BO:) which was down 1.27% to 1126.55 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 1187 to 465 and 67 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1920 rose and 893 declined, while 150 ended unchanged.

Shares in Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (NS:) rose to 52-week highs; rising 7.39% or 532.60 to 7739.10. Shares in Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO:) rose to 52-week highs; up 7.45% or 536.80 to 7740.15. Shares in Asian Paints Ltd. (BO:) rose to all time highs; rising 4.08% or 94.55 to 2410.85.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 4.56% to 19.0000 a new 1-month low.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.63% or 11.45 to $1841.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.82% or 0.37 to hit $44.91 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 0.68% or 0.33 to trade at $47.92 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.23% to 73.927, while EUR/INR rose 0.21% to 89.5335.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 91.005.

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