Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex on Friday rose by nearly 99 points in early trade, extending gains for the second straight session, on sustained buying by funds amid a firm trend on other Asian bourses.
The 30-share index, which had gained 207.89 points yesterday, rose further by 98.95 points, or 0.51 percent, to 19,669.69 points with all the sectoral indices, led by consumer durables and metals, trading in the positive zone with gains of up to 1.42 percent.
The wide-based Nifty of the National Stock Exchange moved up by 19.30 points, or 0.33 percent, to 5,928.25.
Brokers said besides hopes of a rate cut by RBI in its policy review next week, a firming trend on other Asian bourses, following overnight gains at the US markets, mainly buoyed the trading sentiment here.
However, shares of country's largest private sector banks -- ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank were under pressure and fell up to 1.22 percent, after reports of alleged acts of money laundering.
In other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose by 0.38 percent, while Japan's Nikkei by 0.84 percent in early trade today.
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.58 percent in Thursday's trade.