The wider Nifty of NSE also crossed the 8500 level by rising 61.40 points, or 0.73 percent, to 8,515.50 as 45 constituents of the index advanced.

Brokers said fresh buying by investors in selective bluechip stocks at prevailing levels and a firm trend at other Asian markets after data showed China's economy grew more than expected in the second quarter, mainly fuelled the recovery.

Buying activity also spread to small-cap and mid-cap company stocks, they said. At 10 am, the BSE Sensex was trading higher by 214.20 points, or 0.77 percent, at 28,147.10 points with all the constituents in the positive zone.

Among major gainers, Maruti rose by 2.11 percent, ONGC  rose by 1.81 percent, Reliance by 1.18 percent and Wipro by 1.68 percent.

Among other Asian markets, Japan's Nikkei was up 0.46 percent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng moved up by 0.39 percent in morning trade today.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.42 percent higher in yesterday's trade.


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