India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.33%

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At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 added 0.33% to hit a new 3-months high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index added 0.51%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Bajaj Finance Ltd (NS:BJFN), which rose 7.76% or 241.10 points to trade at 3349.90 at the close. Meanwhile, IndusInd Bank Ltd. (NS:INBK) added 5.86% or 29.05 points to end at 524.95 and Bajaj Finserv Ltd (NS:BJFS) was up 4.47% or 280.95 points to 6565.95 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Adani Port and Special Economic Zone Ltd (NS:APSE), which fell 3.53% or 12.70 points to trade at 346.75 at the close. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (NS:PGRD) declined 2.98% or 5.30 points to end at 172.70 and Grasim Industries Ltd (NS:GRAS) was down 2.87% or 18.40 points to 622.75.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO:BJFN) which rose 7.84% to 3352.75, IndusInd Bank Ltd. (BO:INBK) which was up 6.10% to settle at 526.20 and Bajaj Finserv Ltd (BO:BJFS) which gained 4.37% to close at 6557.95.

The worst performers were Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO:PGRD) which was down 3.03% to 172.60 in late trade, ITC Ltd (BO:ITC) which lost 2.73% to settle at 194.30 and NTPC Ltd (BO:NTPC) which was down 2.52% to 92.80 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 877 to 755 and 46 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1324 fell and 1247 advanced, while 143 ended unchanged.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 0.38% to 25.1025 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.53% or 9.50 to $1784.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 1.33% or 0.54 to hit $40.09 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 1.09% or 0.47 to trade at $42.63 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.34% to 74.880, while EUR/INR rose 0.06% to 84.4420.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.30% at 96.968.

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