With Dow Jones surging to record overnight, most Asian and European markets rose after the US central bank stuck to a plan to begin raising near-zero interest rates only in 2015.
    
The 30-share BSE Sensex after opening in the negative zone rebounded to close above the key 27,000-mark for the first time since September 12. It ended at 27,112.21, gaining 480.92 points, or 1.81 percent. This is its biggest single session gain in over 3 months since June 2 (467.51 points).
    
The gauge had gained over 138 points on Wednesday. The Fed policy announcement last night allayed fears of capital outflows. "With US rate rise possibilities becoming a more distant reality, emerging economies including India can expect to keep their hot monies 'hot' for some more time," said Debopam Chaudhuri, Chief Economist, ZyFin Research.
    
Domestic investors also cheered stronger trade ties with China with the country committing investments worth USD 20 billion in India over the next five years.
    
"Participants were truly excited by the prospects of huge investments by China in India’s infrastructure, railway & manufacturing projects," said Devang Mehta, Sr. VP & Head - Equity Advisory, Anand Rathi Financial Services.
    
Buying was strong with all sectoral indices led by realty, consumer durables and capital goods ending in positive zone with gains of up to 4.65 percent. In the 30-Sensex constituents, 28 ended higher while two shares ended lower.
    
The 50-share NSE Nifty regained 8,100 level and touched the day's high of 8,120.85 before settling 139.25 points higher at 8,114.75. Initially, it had fallen to 7,939.70.
    
Thursday's 139.25-point gain is also Nifty's biggest rise in over months since June 2 (132.55 points).
    
Shares of Hero MotoCorp stole the show by rising 5.57 percent after the company entered into a pact with Government of Andhra Pradesh for setting up a two-wheeler plant in Chittoor.
    
Stocks of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries ended 1.63 percent higher after the company entered into a licensing agreement with Merck & Co. Other major gainers included HDFC (3.73 pc), BHEL (3.51 pc), Bajaj Auto (3.47 pc), Dr Reddys (3.34 pc), L&T (3.57 pc), Tata Motors (3.70 pc), Maruti Suzuki (2.48 pc), Tata Power (2.86 pc), Tata Steel (1.60 pc) and Wipro (2.40 pc).

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