Besides, short-covering by speculators in view of March monthly expiry in the futures and options space supported the upside.

Today is the last trading session of March contracts in the derivatives segment.     

The 30-share index rose 79.94 points, or 0.32 percent, to 25,418.52, with stocks of IT, tech, healthcare, power and auto sectors leading the rise.

The barometer had soared 438.12 points in the previous session, the biggest single-day rally in nearly a month, tracking firm global trend after the US Federal Reserve softened its stance on rate hikes.

The broader NSE Nifty too spurted by 19.10 points, or 0.24 percent, to 7,754.30.
Hero MotoCorp, TCS, Infosys, Bajaj Auto, Sun Pharma, HDFC Bank, Wipro, NTPC, Lupin, ITC Ltd, Dr Reddy's, Bharti Airtel and RIL were among major gainers, which helped the indices.

In the rest of Asia, Japan's Nikkei rose 0.07 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.24 percent. Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.18 percent in morning trade today.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.47 percent higher yesterday.

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