Mumbai: The benchmark Sensex rose about 134 points in early trade today as investors looked forward to release of key macroeconomic data amid positive global cues. Optimistic buying in blue-chip stocks ahead of industrial production and inflation data, to be released after market hours, drove stocks higher, brokers said. The 30-share index went up 133.60 points, or 0.38 per cent, to 35,379.87. The gauge lost 73.08 points in the previous session.
Sectoral indices led by oil and gas, IT, consumer durables, capital goods and FMCG turned green. The NSE Nifty index also rose 45.95 points, or 0.42 per cent, at 10,762.50. Major gainers were Asian Paints, Dr Reddy’s, L&T, ITC Ltd, TCS, Coal India, Infosys, Adani Ports, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, HDFC Ltd, NTPC, Wipro, Axis Bank and Maruti Suzuki, rising by up to 2.28 per cent.
Meanwhile, domestic institutional investors (DIIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 900.69 crore, while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs 364.88 crore yesterday, as per provisional data. Globally, Asian markets were trading higher, tracking gains on Wall Street overnight. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.25 per cent and Japan’s Nikkei was up 0.90 per cent in their early trade. China’s main Shanghai Composite Index was flat. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.80 per cent higher yesterday.