Indian shares pared early declines to end steady on Thursday, aided by a rally in Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd stock after a writ petition in the Supreme Court against the mortgage lender was withdrawn.
A criminal petition alleging that nearly 980 billion rupees ($14.10 billion) had been siphoned out of the company by senior officials was withdrawn. Indiabulls Housing stock closed 11.8% firmer after falling as much as 5.3% earlier in the session.
The benchmark BSE Sensex closed a tick lower at 39,741.36. The broader NSE Nifty ended 0.07% higher at 11,914.05.
Yes Bank Ltd settled 13.1% lower after UBS cut the Indian bank's price target by nearly half and maintained "sell" rating.