India stocks higher at close of trade; Nifty 50 up 0.60% – India stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NSE, the gained 0.60%, while the index climbed 0.53%.

The best performers of the session on the were Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (NS:), which rose 2.84% or 10.30 points to trade at 372.70 at the close. Meanwhile, Bajaj Finance Ltd (NS:) added 2.63% or 70.85 points to end at 2766.70 and ICICI Bank Ltd (NS:) was up 2.20% or 8.00 points to 371.95 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. (NS:), which fell 2.80% or 13.55 points to trade at 470.90 at the close. Tata Motors Ltd (NS:) declined 2.40% or 4.65 points to end at 188.80 and AXIS Bank Ltd (NS:) was down 1.76% or 12.85 points to 720.60.

The top performers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Bajaj Finance Ltd (BO:) which rose 2.60% to 2764.20, ICICI Bank Ltd (BO:) which was up 2.55% to settle at 371.60 and Reliance Industries Ltd (BO:) which gained 2.15% to close at 1263.55.

The worst performers were Tata Motors Ltd (BO:) which was down 2.81% to 188.55 in late trade, AXIS Bank Ltd. (BO:) which lost 1.72% to settle at 719.50 and Tata Motors Ltd DVR (BO:) which was down 1.56% to 94.45 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the India National Stock Exchange by 1076 to 534 and 49 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 1605 rose and 990 declined, while 139 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, was down 0.30% to 15.6100.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.12% or 1.55 to $1286.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.95% or 0.54 to hit $56.02 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.30% or 0.20 to trade at $65.66 a barrel.

USD/INR was down 0.21% to 70.317, while EUR/INR fell 0.27% to 79.4765.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 96.873.

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