BSE Sensex rises for 2nd day; hovering above 18,640
Mumbai: The BSE benchmark index Sensex on Wednesday rose over 13 points in early trade, extending gains for the second straight session on sustained buying by funds in bluechips amid a firm trend in the Asian region.
The 30-share index, which had gained 88.26 points in the previous session, rose further by 13.28 points, or 0.07 percent, to 18,642.43 points, led by oil and gas, power and IT sector stocks.
The National Stock Exchange index Nifty moved up by 11 points, or 0.20 percent, to 5,620.10 points.
Brokers said sustained buying by funds amid a firm trend in other Asian bourses mainly boosted the trading sentiment.
In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose by 1.18 percent, while Japan's Nikkei by 1.41 percent in early trade.
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.69 percent higher in yesterday's trade.