Hopes that the European Central Bank will embark upon bolder stimulus after data showing the euro zone had slipped into deflation also helped to shore up investor sentiment. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.2 per cent.
Wall Street rebounded on Wednesday from five straight sessions of losses after strong US private sector jobs data underscored strength in the world's largest economy and fanned hopes for a strong reading of the all-important non-farm payrolls due on Friday.
The gains in Indian markets were broad-based with banking, capital goods, and auto stocks leading the gains.
Among top Nifty gainers, BPCL rose 4.6 per cent while Asian Paints, Cairn India, Kotak Mahindra Bank and HDFC Bank rose between 2.5 per cent and 3 per cent.
Coal India rose 1.8 per cent after workers called off their strike yesterday.
At 11:48 am, Sensex was up 276 points to 27,184 while Nifty was near 8200 levels, up 91 points. (With Agency Inputs)