The 30-share barometer, which had gained 247.72 points in the previous session, surged by 157.59 points, or 0.75 percent, to 21,017.45. Brokers said sentiments buoyed after the RBI unexpectedly decided to keep key policy rates unchanged amid a firming trend in the Asian region after the US Fed decided to trim stimulus from January 2014.

Stocks of IT, realty and metal sectors led the rally. On similar lines, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty moved up by 46.60 points, or 0.74 percent, to 6,263.75. Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose by 1.13 percent, while Japan's Nikkei gained 1.60 percent in morning trade on Thursday.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 1.84 percent higher in Wednesday's trade.


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