India stocks mixed at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.06%

A bird flies past the logo of National Stock Exchange (NSE) installed on the facade of its building in Mumbai, India, February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui – India stocks were mixed after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Auto, Healthcare and Green Energy sectors led shares higher while losses in the Power, Capital Goods and Metals sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NSE, the Nifty 50 added 0.06% to hit a new 3-months high, while the BSE Sensex 30 index declined 0.01%.

The best performers of the session on the Nifty 50 were Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS:ZEE), which rose 4.56% or 17.70 points to trade at 408.75 at the close. Meanwhile, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NS:SUN) added 4.13% or 17.20 points to end at 434.90 and Eicher Motors Ltd. (NS:EICH) was up 3.56% or 750.75 points to 21904.20 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Lupin Ltd (NS:LUPN), which fell 2.29% or 19.25 points to trade at 822.80 at the close. Reliance Industries Ltd (NS:RELI) declined 1.70% or 22.25 points to end at 1290.40 and Larsen & Toubro Ltd (NS:LART) was down 1.46% or 19.25 points to 1296.05.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (BO:SUN) which rose 4.48% to 434.00, Bajaj Auto Ltd (BO:BAJA) which was up 3.03% to settle at 2855.50 and Tata Motors Ltd (BO:TAMO) which gained 2.64% to close at 182.90.

The worst performers were Reliance Industries Ltd (BO:RELI) which was down 1.50% to 1290.20 in late trade, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (BO:PGRD) which lost 1.12% to settle at 184.75 and Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (BO:HDFC) which was down 1.08% to 1966.00 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 906 to 670 and 53 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1355 rose and 1101 declined, while 155 ended unchanged.

The India VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 1.25% to 15.4350.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.25% or 3.35 to $1311.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.37% or 0.20 to hit $53.81 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.26% or 0.16 to trade at $62.53 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.33% to 71.375, while EUR/INR fell 0.44% to 80.9075.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 96.352.