Sensex gains over 65 points in early trade

Sensex

The BSE benchmark Sensex gained over 65 points in early trade today on buying by funds and retailers amid a firm Asian trend.

The 30-share barometer rose by 65.88 points, or 0.34 per cent, to 19,382.89. The index had lost 325.74 points in the previous two sessions.

Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty edged up by 7 points, or 0.12 per cent, to 5,850.30.

Brokers said selective buying by funds and retailers at lover levels in IT, power, teck, realty, consumer durable and metal sectors mainly led the market in a better form.

They said a firming trend in Asian region further influenced the sentiment.

Among Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose by 0.14 per cent, while Japan's Nikkei higher by 1.75 per cent in early trade today.

Global markets round up

(Reuters): Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange rose 0.15 percent. The MSCI-Asia Pacific index, excluding Japan rose 0.06 percent.

Asian shares edged higher on Monday but prices were capped by uncertainties over the global economy after a private survey showed Chinese manufacturing activity retreated from two-year highs this month.

U.S. stocks rose on Friday as Dow component Hewlett-Packard surged on strong results and comments from Fed officials allayed fears that the central bank would curtail its stimulus measures.

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