Sensex up over 72 points to regain the 20,000-mark

Sensex up over 72 points to regain the 20,000-mark Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex Wednesday rose by over 72 points in early trade on the back of gains in stocks of realty, metal, oil and gas and banking sectors, amid a mixed Asian trend.

The 30-share barometer, which had lost 120.25 points Tuesday, recovered by 72.40 points, or 0.36 percent, to 20,053.97 in early trade.

Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty moved up by 21.30 points, or 0.35 percent, to 6,069.80.

Brokers said fresh buying by major players after Tuesday's profit-booking amid a mixed trend in Asian markets, following overnight gains on the US markets on stronger-than-expected earnings results, influenced the trading sentiment here.

Meanwhile, in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose by 0.19 percent, while Japan's Nikkei shed 0.88 percent in early trade Wednesday.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.46 percent higher in Tuesday's trade.

PTI