* Indian lenders, including ICICI Bank, are higher on
hopes of easing liquidity as the Reserve Bank of India continues
with cash injection measures and rate cut hopes in January.
* Advance tax outflows and an increase in the government's cash
balance with the RBI have temporarily exacerbated liquidity
tightness in the sector.
* The central bank announced on Monday it would conduct open
market operations (purchase of government securities) for an
aggregate amount of 80 billion rupees ($1.5 billion) on Dec. 28.
* "We believe that the RBI will continue to announce open market
operations in an ad hoc manner to inject liquidity into the
banking system," Morgan Stanley said in a note.
* Since Dec. 4, the RBI has added liquidity worth 311.6 billion
rupees ($5.7 billion) through three rounds of OMOs.
* ICICI Bank is up 2.12 percent while State Bank of India
rises 1.6 percent.