The 30-share index, which had lost 661.77 points in the previous two sessions, rose by 108.91 points, or 0.54 percent, to trade at 20,337.96. The National Stock Exchange index Nifty gained 29.95 points, or 0.50 percent, to trade at 6,029.00.

Brokers said fresh buying by funds, tracking a firming trend on other Asian bourses after the US Dow Jones closed above the 16,000 level for the first time on the back of a slew of upbeat economic data, influenced the trading sentiments.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 0.52 percent, while Japan's Nikkei gained 1.23 percent in morning trade on Friday. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended at a new record high by gaining 0.69 percent on Thursday.


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