Brokers trade at their computer terminals at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai Photograph:( Reuters )
Indian shares inched up in thin trade on Thursday with gains in IT stocks such as Infosys offsetting losses in banking shares.
IT stocks were among the top gainers with Infosys rising as much as 2.4 per cent after a group of institutional investors asked the company to bring former CEO Nandan Nilekani back on to its board to settle the feud with the founders.
Gains were however muted as investors booked profit in banking shares after a rally in the previous session following federal cabinet's approval of a mechanism to oversee consolidation in public sector banks.
Shares of state-run lenders Punjab National Bank and Allahabad Bank fell 1.5 per cent and 1.8 per cent, after gaining 3.4 per cent and 4.7 per cent in the previous session.
A stronger bank will not readily absorb a weaker one because it wouldn't want its balance sheet to weaken, said Saurabh Jain, assistant vice-president of research at SMC Global Securities.
"It is a difficult and a challenging process."
The broader NSE Nifty was up 0.08 per cent at 9,860.6 as of 0546 GMT, while the benchmark BSE Sensex was 0.08 per cent higher at 31,591.98.
Pharma stocks such as Sun Pharmaceuticals and Lupin gained over 2.5 per cent each.
Shares of brewers surged after the Supreme Court clarified that the liquor ban on highways did not apply to licensed establishments falling within municipal areas. United Spirits and Globus Spirits rose between 5 per cent and 13 per cent.