India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.17%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 added 0.17% to hit a new all time high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index gained 0.27%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Asian Paints Ltd. (NS:ASPN), which rose 3.85% or 127.95 points to trade at 3448.60 at the close. Meanwhile, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (NS:MAHM) added 2.77% or 21.00 points to end at 779.45 and Eicher Motors Ltd. (NS:EICH) was up 2.59% or 73.95 points to 2931.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Tata Steel Ltd (NS:TISC), which fell 3.53% or 46.60 points to trade at 1272.10 at the close. JSW Steel Ltd (NS:JSTL) declined 2.67% or 18.10 points to end at 659.15 and State Bank Of India (NS:SBI) was down 2.01% or 9.05 points to 440.75.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Asian Paints Ltd. (BO:ASPN) which rose 3.72% to 3443.60, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO:MAHM) which was up 2.74% to settle at 779.20 and HCL Technologies Ltd (BO:HCLT) which gained 2.24% to close at 1357.65.

The worst performers were Tata Steel Ltd (BO:TISC) which was down 3.60% to 1271.90 in late trade, State Bank Of India (BO:SBI) which lost 2.00% to settle at 440.80 and AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO:AXBK) which was down 1.74% to 798.20 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 1101 to 607 and 58 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1877 fell and 1220 advanced, while 137 ended unchanged.

Shares in Asian Paints Ltd. (NS:ASPN) rose to all time highs; rising 3.85% or 127.95 to 3448.60. Shares in Asian Paints Ltd. (BO:ASPN) rose to all time highs; gaining 3.72% or 123.50 to 3443.60. Shares in HCL Technologies Ltd (BO:HCLT) rose to all time highs; up 2.24% or 29.70 to 1357.65.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was up 1.93% to 16.9225.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.33% or 5.85 to $1755.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to hit $73.30 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.17% or 0.13 to trade at $77.38 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.03% to 73.777, while EUR/INR fell 0.08% to 86.5445.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 93.177.