© Reuters. India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.44%

Investing.com – India stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the rose 0.44%, while the index climbed 0.52%.

The best performers of the session on the were Bharti Airtel Ltd. (NS:), which rose 2.99% or 9.35 points to trade at 319.50 at the close. Meanwhile, Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NS:) added 2.12% or 41.65 points to end at 2009.00 and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (NS:) was up 1.50% or 3.80 points to 256.70 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (NS:), which fell 3.79% or 30.50 points to trade at 773.35 at the close. Hindalco Industries Ltd. (NS:) declined 1.46% or 3.30 points to end at 222.75 and Wipro Ltd (NS:) was down 0.65% or 2.15 points to 326.65.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bharti Airtel Ltd (BO:) which rose 2.76% to 321.55, Housing Development Finance Corporation Ltd (BO:) which was up 2.01% to settle at 2009.60 and Yes Bank Ltd (BO:) which gained 1.38% to close at 184.25.

The worst performers were Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (BO:) which was down 3.75% to 773.60 in late trade, Tata Steel Ltd (BO:) which lost 1.21% to settle at 515.55 and Oil And Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (BO:) which was down 0.83% to 148.95 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 903 to 651 and 72 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1394 rose and 1063 declined, while 144 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 4.22% to 15.3250.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.01% or 0.10 to $1284.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.13% or 0.51 to hit $45.84 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.79% or 0.95 to trade at $54.16 a barrel.

USD/INR was up 0.13% to 69.655, while EUR/INR rose 0.26% to 80.0055.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.28% at 95.700.

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