* The BSE index is up 0.2 percent and the 50-share NSE
index rises 0.18 percent.
* Domestic gains were in line with Asian shares that edged
higher, tracking upbeat U.S. earnings and a rise in German
* Shares in Hindustan Unilever Ltd drop 5 percent,
falling for the second day, as number of investment banks, cut
their ratings on slower-than-expected volume growth and a hike
in royalty payments.
* Blue chip companies that have reported better earnings were
leading the gains: ITC shares rise 0.8 percent while
Reliance Industries is up 0.7 percent.