The 30-share index, which had lost 1,044.96 points in the past seven sessions, recovered by 260.18 points, or 1.29 percent, to 20,454.58 points. The wide-based index of the National Stock Exchange, Nifty, moved up by 76.70 points, or 1.28 percent to 6,066.30.

All the sectoral indices were trading in the positive territory with gains up to 2.70 percent. Brokers said fresh spell of buying by funds and retail investors in bank, realty, auto, capital goods, oil and gas and power stocks, triggered by encouraging second quarter earnings announced by some companies and further recovery in the rupee, lifted the market.

They said, firming trend in overseas markets, too influenced the trading sentiment in Mumbai. Stocks of Tata Steel, the sixth largest steel producer in the world, gained 2.83 percent to Rs 369 after company posted a consolidated net profit of Rs 916.77 crore for the second quarter ended September 30.

In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was up 0.92 percent, while Japan's Nikkei Index was being quoted 1.40 percent higher in morning trade on Thursday. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.45 percent higher in Wednesday's trade.


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