India shares higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.23% – India equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the gained 0.23%, while the index gained 0.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the were Bharti Infratel Ltd (NS:), which rose 2.14% or 5.85 points to trade at 279.65 at the close. IndusInd Bank Ltd. (NS:) added 2.26% or 34.35 points to end at 1552.20 and Tech Mahindra Ltd (NS:) was up 1.49% or 11.00 points to 750.75 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd (NS:), which lost 2.91% or 77.30 points to trade at 2580.70 in late trade. Yes Bank Ltd (NS:) declined 2.37% or 3.40 points to end at 139.90 and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (NS:) shed 1.79% or 3.50 points to 191.75.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were IndusInd Bank Ltd. (BO:) which rose 1.90% to 1550.90, Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO:) which was up 1.69% to settle at 3511.40 and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO:) which gained 1.49% to close at 644.00.

The worst performers were Yes Bank Ltd (BO:) which was down 2.37% to 139.95 in late trade, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO:) which lost 2.22% to settle at 191.20 and Coal India Ltd (BO:) which was down 1.47% to 264.35 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 955 to 624 and 65 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1370 fell and 1021 advanced, while 135 ended unchanged on the India National Stock Exchange.

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The , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 4.30% to 14.8575 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.34% or 4.55 to $1338.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.87% or 0.46 to hit $53.05 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.86% or 0.53 to trade at $62.20 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.57% to 69.515, while EUR/INR rose 0.41% to 78.2760.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 97.047.

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