The 30-share index, which had lost 114.26 points in the previous session, rose by 349.79 points, or 1.22 percent, to 28,971.91, with all sectoral indices, led by healthcare, capital goods, metal and consumer durables, trading in positive zone with gains up to 1.46 percent.
    
Also, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty regained the 8,700-mark by surging 99.95 points, or 1.15 percent, to 8,785.85.
    
Brokers said a firming trend in Asian markets, tracking overnight gains in US bourses boosted by comments from the US Federal Reserve that cooled expectations of an early interest rate hike, influenced the sentiments here.

Prominent gainers that supported the key indices were GAIL, Axis Bank, Wipro, Hindalco, TCS, Tata Steel, Sesa Sterlite, L&T, HDFC Ltd, Cipla, Hindustan Unilever, Coal India, Dr Reddy and Tata Power.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up by 1.47 percent while Japan's Nikkei shed 0.65 percent in early trade on Thursday. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 1.27 percent higher in Wednesday's trade.

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