* The BSE index gains 0.63 percent after rising to its
highest intraday level since April 2011, while the NSE index
is up 0.64 percent.
* The NSE is close to breaching the 6,000 mark for the first
time since Jan. 7, 2011.
* The U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal on the
so-called fiscal cliff, sparking broad-based buying.
* Banking shares lead gainers as hopes for a January rate cut
gathered steam. ICICI Bank gains 1.1 percent while
State Bank of India is up 1.3 percent.