India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.16% By

© Reuters. India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.16% – India stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the rose 0.16%, while the index added 0.16%.

The best performers of the session on the were Yes Bank Ltd (NS:), which rose 26.96% or 7.90 points to trade at 37.20 at the close. Meanwhile, Eicher Motors Ltd. (NS:) added 2.96% or 511.35 points to end at 17765.55 and Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (NS:) was up 2.65% or 42.60 points to 1650.55 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS:), which fell 5.58% or 14.05 points to trade at 237.70 at the close. Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS:) declined 2.96% or 4.75 points to end at 155.85 and Bharti Infratel Ltd (NS:) was down 2.56% or 5.65 points to 215.40.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (BO:) which rose 2.74% to 1651.70, HCL Technologies Ltd (BO:) which was up 2.17% to settle at 575.00 and Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (BO:) which gained 2.12% to close at 2223.35.

The worst performers were Reliance Industries Ltd (BO:) which was down 2.06% to 1311.50 in late trade, Tech Mahindra Ltd (BO:) which lost 1.70% to settle at 757.90 and ICICI Bank Ltd (BO:) which was down 0.74% to 504.75 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 761 to 743 and 105 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1171 fell and 1120 advanced, while 163 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 4.04% to 23.2475.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.17% or 2.85 to $1645.85 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.64% or 0.30 to hit $46.48 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.63% or 0.32 to trade at $50.81 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.39% to 73.245, while EUR/INR fell 0.07% to 81.8075.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 97.062.

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