* The BSE index is 0.78 percent higher after rising to
its highest intraday level since April 2011, while the NSE index
is up 0.82 percent, breaching the key psychological
level of 6,000 for the first time in two years.
* The U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal on the
so-called fiscal cliff, sparking broad-based buying.
* Financial shares lead the gainers as hopes of a January rate
cut gather steam.
* Housing Development and Finance Corp is up 1.6
percent, while ICICI Bank gains 1.1 percent.
* Consumer stocks such as ITC fall as traders track a
global 'risk-on' mood. ITC is down 0.2 percent, while Hindustan
Unilever is flat.