India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.20%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 gained 0.20% to hit a new 3-months high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index gained 0.22%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS:ZEE), which rose 14.06% or 24.45 points to trade at 198.40 at the close. Meanwhile, GAIL Ltd (NS:GAIL) added 5.00% or 4.85 points to end at 101.80 and Tech Mahindra Ltd (NS:TEML) was up 2.24% or 15.95 points to 729.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Bajaj Auto Ltd (NS:BAJA), which fell 1.20% or 37.30 points to trade at 3067.50 at the close. Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (NS:ONGC) declined 1.18% or 0.95 points to end at 79.70 and Nestle India Ltd (NS:NEST) was down 1.12% or 184.60 points to 16370.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO:TEML) which rose 1.97% to 727.20, Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO:BRTI) which was up 1.79% to settle at 536.25 and ICICI Bank Ltd (BO:ICBK) which gained 1.46% to close at 374.80.

The worst performers were Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO:ONGC) which was down 1.36% to 79.50 in late trade, Bajaj Auto Ltd (BO:BAJA) which lost 1.19% to settle at 3068.00 and Nestle India Ltd (BO:NEST) which was down 1.16% to 16357.00 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 1100 to 524 and 69 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1676 rose and 931 declined, while 142 ended unchanged.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 2.31% to 19.9575 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.84% or 17.00 to $1996.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 0.88% or 0.38 to hit $42.74 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.90% or 0.41 to trade at $45.05 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.34% to 74.825, while EUR/INR rose 0.40% to 89.3170.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 92.265.