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(Reuters) - Indian shares ended higher for a second consecutive session on Thursday, as state-owned lenders such as State Bank of India led the gains, while hopes of strong corporate earnings also lifted sentiment.
The BSE Sensex ended 0.4 percent higher at a record closing of 31,369.34.
The broader NSE Nifty closed up 0.38 percent at 9,674.55. Earlier in the session, the index breached the 9,700 mark for the first time in a month.
The Nifty PSU Bank index ended 2.4 percent higher and posted its second consecutive session of gains.
Reporting by Vishal Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips