A good showing by Europe also influenced trading, brokers said, adding that global investors lapped up a dose of monetary stimulus from Sweden's central bank and reports that Russia and Ukraine have agreed a ceasefire will take place.

In domestic stocks, all the sectoral indices, barring FMCG sector, closed in the positive terrain with capital goods, power and IT sectors leading the rally.
The Sensex resumed higher at 28,650.25 and hovered in a wide range of 28,838.52 and 28,406.25 before ending at 28,805.10, showing a gain of 271.13 points of 0.95 percent. It has now gained by 577.71 points or 2.05 percent in 3 days.
Similarly, the CNX 50-share Nifty rose by 84.15 points, or 0.98 percent, to end at 8,711.55. In key earnings, Hindalco Industries reported 7.5 percent rise in net profit for the third quarter. Its shares ended higher by 2 percent.
"After trading range bound for most part of the session, sudden surge in last hour helped index to end with decent gains on Thursday. It seems participants bought stocks in anticipation of strong macro-economic data of IIP and CPI inflation, which is scheduled post market," said Religare Securities, President-retail distribution, Jayant Manglik.
Sentiments were buoyed by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's statement that the defeat in Delhi polls will not slow down the pace of economic reforms and optimism over the forthcoming Budget.
In Europe, stocks were trading higher in their early trade. The UK's FTSE 100 was up by 0.36 percent, France's CAC-40 was up 0.67 percent and Germany's DAX 1.23 percent.
Asian stocks ended mixed today as key indices in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan rose 0.36 percent to 1.85 percent while Singapore and South Korea were down 0.21 percent to 0.74 percent.

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