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Title: India stocks lower at close of trade; Nifty 50 down 2.18%

Dec 20, 2021 05:45AM ET

By: AnalysisWatch

Indian stocks were down at the close on Monday as losses in the real estate, oil and gas and metals sectors led stocks lower.

At the close on the NSE, the Nifty 50 lost 2.18% to hit a fresh 3-month low, while the BSE Sensex 30 index slipped 2.09%.

The best performers on the Nifty 50 were Cipla Ltd, which rose 3.91%, or 33.60 points, to close at 893.80 points. Meanwhile, Hindustan Unilever Ltd gained 1.74%, or 38.85 points, to close at 2269.10 and Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd rose 0.95%, or 42.75 points, to 4560.70 in late trade.

Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd was the worst performer, falling 6.42% or 24.70 points to close at 360.00 in late trade. Tata Steel Ltd fell 5.22% or 59.15 points to close at 1072.95 and Tata Motors Ltd fell 4.92% or 23.15 points to 447.05.

The top gainers on the BSE Sensex 30 were Hindustan Unilever Ltd., up 1.70% at 2268.30, Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., up 0.94% at 4559.35, and Asian Paints Ltd., down 0.05% at 3240.05.

The worst performers were Tata Steel Ltd, down 5.20% to 1072.95 in late trade; IndusInd Bank Ltd, down 4.23% to 845.85; and State Bank Of India (BO: SBI), down 3.97% to 449.20 at the close of trade.

On the Indian National Stock Exchange, losses outweighed gains by 1619 to 198, and 31 ended unchanged; on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 2621 stocks fell and 728 rose, while 117 remained unchanged.

The Indian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of Nifty 50 options, rose 16.08% to 18.9650.

The USD/INR fell 0.15% to 75.873, while the EUR/INR rose 0.08% to 85.4710.

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