The 30-share index rebounded by 111.64 points, or 0.41 percent, to 26,948.84, with stocks of oil & gas, capital goods, IT, realty and infrastructure sectors leading the recovery. The gauge had lost 1,011.79 points in the previous two sessions after RBI took a cautious stance on the economic recovery and fears of a drought in the country after the Met department projected monsoon this year to be 'deficient'.

Also, the NSE Nifty was up 24.95 points, or 0.30 percent, at 8,160.05 in morning trade. Brokers said value-buying in recently beaten-down blue-chip stocks, coupled with a firming trend at other Asian markets tracking overnight gains in the US following solid private sector job data, influenced sentiment here.

Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei rose 0.32 percent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.33 percent in early trade today. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.36 percent higher in yesterday's trade.

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