The 30-share barometer surged by 178.73 points, or 0.99 percent, to 18,174.88, aided by increased buying in beaten down bluechip stocks. The index had gained 28.07 points in Wednesday's volatile session.
    
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty rose 43.65 points, or 0.83 per cent, to 5,328.65.
    
Brokers said sentiments turned better after the rupee recovered from its record low after RBI announced fresh measures in a bid to check the rupee's free-fall and a firming trend in the Asian region in line with overnight gains on the US markets.
     
Besides, covering-up of pending short positions by speculators as today being the last day of current month's settlement in the derivatives segment supported the rise in stock prices, they said.
    
The banking sector index was trading 1.65 percent higher at 10,143.65 points as stocks of ICICI Bank were up by 0.73 percent to Rs 802.50, while HDFC Bank gained 2.31 percent to Rs 574.70.
    
Meanwhile, in other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose by 0.41 percent, while Japan's Nikkei gained 0.33 percent in the morning trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.33 percent higher in Wensday’s trade.

(Agencies)

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