The Sensex resumed higher at 21,091.46 and firmed up further to 21,202.46 before quoting at 21,200.12 at 1030 hours, showing a gain of 167.24 points or 0.80 percent from its last close.

The NSE 50-share Nifty also rose 55 points, or 0.88 percent, to 6,296.85 at 1030 hours.
    
Coal India gained 2.40 percent after the company's board approved payment of interim dividend of Rs 29 per share for the financial year ending March 2014.
    
Other major gainers were Hindalco (2.78 pct), SSLT (1.79 pct), ICICI Bank (1.59 pct), Hero Motocorp (1.57 pct), TCS (1.52 pct), Cipla (1.39 pct), Bajaj Auto (1.39 pct) and RIL (1.31 pct).
    
Asian stocks rose in their early trade on optimism the global economy is strengthening. Key benchmark indices in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan were up 0.21 percent to 1.8 percent while China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.63 percent.
    
US stocks rose on Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor's 500 Index biggest gain of the year, as better-than-forecast retail sales and corporate merger data signalled confidence in the economy.

(Agencies)

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