India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.67% – India stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Real Estate, Metals and Banking sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 rose 0.67%, while the BSE Sensex 30 index climbed 0.62%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were HCL Technologies Ltd (NS:HCLT), which rose 3.36% or 36.05 points to trade at 1,108.45 at the close. Meanwhile, Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS:HALC) added 2.94% or 11.30 points to end at 396.25 and UPL Ltd (NS:UPLL) was up 2.76% or 19.25 points to 715.65 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Eicher Motors Ltd. (NS:EICH), which fell 2.00% or 60.85 points to trade at 2,974.60 at the close. ITC Ltd (NS:ITC) declined 1.55% or 5.90 points to end at 375.55 and NTPC Ltd (NS:NTPC) was down 1.48% or 2.65 points to 176.95.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were HCL Technologies Ltd (BO:HCLT) which rose 3.58% to 1,110.50, UltraTech Cement Ltd (BO:ULTC) which was up 2.53% to settle at 7,288.70 and Nestle India Ltd (BO:NEST) which gained 2.32% to close at 18,870.95.

The worst performers were ITC Ltd (BO:ITC) which was down 1.51% to 375.75 in late trade, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (BO:MRTI) which lost 1.48% to settle at 8,310.75 and NTPC Ltd (BO:NTPC) which was down 1.25% to 177.35 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 1171 to 729 and 76 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1952 rose and 1431 declined, while 129 ended unchanged.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 8.94% to 14.77.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.60% or 11.55 to $1,934.55 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 1.67% or 1.14 to hit $69.49 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 1.34% or 1.00 to trade at $75.70 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.03% to 82.58, while EUR/INR rose 0.18% to 87.78.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 103.93.

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