Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex on Wednesday rose over 158 points in morning trade on sustained buying by funds and retail investors, mainly in realty, banking, auto and metal sector stocks.
    
Also, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty, regained the 6,000 points level by surging 41.10 points, or 0.69 percent, to 6,036.50.
    
Rising for the second straight session, the BSE's 30-share barometer rose by 158.19 points, or 0.80 percent, to 19,880.48. In Tuesday's session, Sensex had gone up by 30.62 points.
    
Brokers said the sentiment remained firm on sustained buying by participants after WPI inflation eased to over three years low, giving room for the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates, amid a firming trend in the global markets.
    
In the Asian region, Japan's Nikkei gained 2.123 percent to trade at over five-year high as exporters rallied on the yen's sharp slide, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose by 0.39 percent in morning trade on Wednesday.
    
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.82 percent higher on Tuesday.

(Agencies)

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