The 30-share index gained 134.51 points, or 0.69 percent, to trade at 19,451.70, with consumer durables, FMCG, IT and oil and gas sector stocks leading the recovery. The barometer had lost almost 986 points in the previous seven sessions.
The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty rose by 34.00 points, or 0.59 percent, to trade at 5,761.85. Brokers said the trading sentiment turned better after the government yesterday approved liberalization of FDI norms in a dozen sectors, including 100 per cent in telecom and higher caps in insurance and defence sectors, to boost the sagging economy.
Besides, a firming trend in the Asian region following overnight gains on the US market encouraged by strong data also supported the sentiment, they said.
In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose by 0.54 percent, while Japan's Nikkei was up by 1.94 percent in morning trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.83 percent higher in Thursday trade.


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