Indian shares end higher for second day; financials lead

* NSE index end up 0.5 pct, BSE index close up 0.4 pct

* ICICI Bank, Reliance Industries among top gainers

Feb 21 (Reuters) – Indian shares ended higher on Thursday, with financials such asICICI Bank Ltd ICBK.NS and Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd INBF.NS taking the lead, but plunging IT stocks such as Infosys Ltd INFY.NS capped gains.

The broader NSE index .NSEI closed 0.51 percent higher at 10,789.85, while the benchmark BSE index .BSESN 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 RELI.NS , the top boost on the NSE index, 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 CBI.NS closed up 6.9 percent, whileSyndicate Bank Ltd SBNK.NS ended 3.4 percent higher.

Infosys ended about 1 percent lower.

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