India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.05%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.05% to hit a new 3-months high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index gained 0.12%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Tata Motors Ltd (NS:TAMO), which rose 5.32% or 6.45 points to trade at 127.65 at the close. Meanwhile, Bajaj Finance Ltd (NS:BJFN) added 4.75% or 165.95 points to end at 3658.00 and State Bank Of India (NS:SBI) was up 3.38% or 6.80 points to 208.25 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were GAIL Ltd (NS:GAIL), which fell 1.72% or 1.75 points to trade at 99.85 at the close. NTPC Ltd (NS:NTPC) declined 1.52% or 1.60 points to end at 103.80 and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NS:SUN) was down 1.40% or 7.45 points to 526.00.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO:BJFN) which rose 4.39% to 3643.90, State Bank Of India (BO:SBI) which was up 3.28% to settle at 208.00 and Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO:TEML) which gained 2.25% to close at 738.95.

The worst performers were NTPC Ltd (BO:NTPC) which was down 1.61% to 103.75 in late trade, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO:SUN) which lost 1.38% to settle at 526.00 and Nestle India Ltd (BO:NEST) which was down 1.37% to 16309.00 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 868 to 751 and 67 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1395 fell and 1250 advanced, while 138 ended unchanged.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 0.44% to 19.3150.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.37% or 7.20 to $1932.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 0.26% or 0.11 to hit $42.73 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.66% or 0.30 to trade at $45.94 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.08% to 74.226, while EUR/INR rose 0.48% to 87.8425.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 93.045.