The 30-share index, which had lost nearly 485 points in five sessions, recovered by 36.14 points, or 0.17 percent to end at 20,729.38 after moving between 20,786.41 and 20,688.18. (Agencies)
Similarly, the 50-share NSE index Nifty also moved up by 12.35 points, or 0.20 per cent, to 6,174.60 after touching the day's high of 6,192.10. Also, SX40 index, the flagship index of MCX-SX, closed 37.24 points higher at 12,375.42.
Stocks of state-owned Coal India led the recovery by surging 4.77 percent to Rs 288.75 on reports that company has scheduled a board meeting next week to consider payment of an interim dividend, if any.
Other prominent gainers were Cipla, Dr Reddy, Sun Pharma, GAIL India, Bajaj Auto and Reliance Industries, helped Sensex to recover.
Brokers said the trading sentiment turned better after investors bought fundamentally strong stocks available at attractive lower levels amid hopes of encouraging quarterly earnings from blue-chip companies.
Besides, a firming trend on the other Asian bourses following overnight gains on the US markets on strong trade data, indicating economy is getting back on track, too influenced the trading sentiment, they said.
Sectorally, the Healthcare index gained the most by rising 1.04 percent, followed by PSU, which gained 0.82 percent. Auto Index rose 0.71 per cent and metal index ended 0.43 percent higher.
Among exporters stocks, Tata Consultancy Services shot up by 1.12 percent to Rs 2,233 on earnings optimism.
However capital goods sector was the worst performer as it lost 1.35 percent, while consumer durables fell by 0.58 percent.
The 30-share index, which had lost nearly 485 points in five sessions, recovered by 36.14 points, or 0.17 percent to end at 20,729.38 after moving between 20,786.41 and 20,688.18.