Furthermore, a strengthening rupee which surged to trade at over two-month high of 66.55 against the dollar at the forex market in morning trade today too buoyed the trading sentiments.

The 30-share index advanced by 101.61 points, or 0.41 percent, to trade at 24,778.98 as sectoral indices, led by oil&gas, PSU, capital goods, technology, IT, FMCG and power, were trading in the positive zone with gains of up to 2.26 percent.

The gauge had shed 5.11 points in the previous session.

On similar lines, the NSE Nifty was trading 30.25 points, or 0.40 percent, higher at 7,542.80. Brokers said a firming trend at other Asian markets following a strong closing in the US markets buoyed trading sentiment here.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.69 percent while Shanghai Composite Index surged 1.91 percent in morning trade today.

Japan's Nikkei, however, shed 1.28 percent as the dollar's weakness against the yen is seen hurting the country's exports.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.90 percent higher in yesterday's trade.

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