The 30-share barometer, which gained nearly 420 points in the last two sessions, rose further by 140.20 points, or 0.80 per cent, to trade at 17,618.35. All sectoral indices, led by metal, banking and IT, were trading in positive zone with gains of up to 0.68 per cent.
The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty also moved up by 43.25 points, or 0.81 per cent, to 5,361.15. Brokers said continued buying by funds and retail investors amid a firming trend in Asian markets, following overnight gains in the US markets on strong manufacturing data, bolstered the trading sentiment. Meanwhile, in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose by 0.57 per cent, while Japan's Nikkei index was up by 0.41 per cent. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.40 per cent in yesterday's (Apr 2) trade.