A rally in banks helped push Indian shares toward their fourth consecutive winning session as the pick-up in inflation data out on Wednesday was not seen as big enough to completely rule out the chances of a rate cut from the RBI.
Also helping gains were expectations the federal budget to be unveiled on Friday could contain beneficial measures to the sector, including making provisions on non-performing loans tax deductible, according to an analyst at a major foreign brokerage.
The main 30-share BSE index gained 0.5 percent to 17,908 points, its highest intraday high since February 29. The 50-share index advanced 0.5 percent
The shares of State Bank of India were up 1 percent, while ICICI Bank were up 2.3 percent and Axis bank shares traded higher up 3.1 percent.