February 21, 2019 / 10:31 AM / in 4 months

Sensex, Nifty end higher for second day; financials lead

A broker reacts while trading at his computer terminal at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo

(Reuters) - Indian shares ended higher on Thursday, with financials such as ICICI Bank Ltd and Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd taking the lead, but plunging IT stocks such as Infosys Ltd capped gains.

The broader NSE Nifty closed 0.51 percent higher at 10,789.85, while the benchmark BSE Sensex ended up 0.4 percent at 35,898.35.

Shares of ICICI Bank Ltd ended up 1.8 percent, while those of Indiabulls Housing Finance added around 6 percent. Reliance Industries Ltd, the top boost on the NSE Nifty, closed 1 percent higher.

State-run lenders held onto gains from earlier in the day on the government’s capital infusion programme. Central Bank of India Ltd closed up 6.9 percent, while Syndicate Bank Ltd ended 3.4 percent higher.

Infosys ended about 1 percent lower.

Reporting by Krishna V Kurup in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich

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