Mumbai (Agencies): The Sensex on Monday rose over 211 points in opening trade on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) due to fresh buying by funds.

The 30-share index of the BSE, which gained 265.57 points in the previous session, gained another 211.55 points, or 1.19 per cent, to 17,940.16 points in the early trade, with auto, metals, banking and realty stocks leading the rise.

Similarly, National Stock Exchange Nifty index also moved up by 63.10 points, or 1.18 per cent, to 5,373.10.

According to brokers, the investor sentiment advanced by a firming trend in Asia following a higher close in the US market on the weekend.

Among banking stocks, State Bank of India rose 1.79 per cent to Rs 2,631, while ICICI Bank gained 1.81 per cent to Rs 1,019.75.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.36 per cent higher in the previous session on Friday.