The 30-share barometer spurted by 130.20 points, or 0.45 percent, to 28,576.32 with all the sectoral indices led by healthcare and consumer durables, trading in the positive zone with gains up to 0.86 percent.

The gauge had rallied 513.22 points in past two straight days. On the similar lines, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty climbed 34.90 points, or 0.40 percent, to 8,642.95.

Brokers said persistent buying by foreign funds and retailers investors triggered by the government's move to introduce a composite foreign investment cap by clubbing all forms of overseas investments to define sectoral limits, buoyed trading sentiments.

Besides, a firming trend at other Asian markets after the European Central Bank boosted emergency aid to Greece and urozone chiefs agreed a bridging loan to the country, too supported the rally on the domestic markets here, they said.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up by 1.12 percent, while Japan's Nikkei moved up by 0.15 percent in morning trade.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.39 percent higher in yesterday's trade.

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