* Shares of non-banking financial companies gain on hopes
parliament will pass the banking amendment bill after Finance
Minister P. Chidambaram says the government has reached an
agreement with the opposition.
* The bill would set the regulations required to open up the
lending sector to outside companies.
* Companies that investors believe will be among the first to
obtain a license gain strongly: L&T Finance Holdings
gains 4.9 percent, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services
gains 3.8 percent, while Reliance Capital is
up 4.5 percent.