The 30-share index rose by 88.71 points or 0.40 percent, to 22,412.61 points with metal, healthcare, realty and power sector stocks leading the recovery. The index had lost 184.52 points in Wednesday's trade.

The National Stock Exchange index Nifty moved up by 25.10 points or 0.38 percent, to 6,677.65.

Brokers said fresh buying by funds and retail investors, triggered by a better trend at other Asian bourses following overnight gains in US markets on upbeat comments from Fed chief on the economy, influenced the trading sentiment here.

US Fed Chief told Congress that the economic outlook was positive and that the stimulus taper would continue steadily.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose by 0.36 percent, while Japan's Nikkei was up by 1.09 percent in morning trade on Thursday.

US Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.72 percent in the previous session.

(Agencies)

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