Mumbai, Feb 02 (Agencies): The Sensex gained nearly 220 points in opening trade on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Wednesday amid a firming trend overseas.

The 30-share index of the Bombay Stock Exchange surged by 219.18 points, or 1.21 per cent, to 18,241.40 within the first few minutes of trade, with oil and gas, realty and banking stocks leading the pack.

The blue-chip barometer has lost over 1,130 points in the past five sessions and closed at its lowest level in five months on Tuesday at 18,022.22.

Similarly, the broad-based National Stock Exchange Nifty index also moved up by 61.75 points, or nearly 1.1 per cent, to 5,478.95 points on Wednesday.

Shares of Bharti Airtel were trading higher at Rs 324.10 despite the company's announcement of a 41 per cent dip in third quarter net profit to Rs 1,303.3 crore, compared to Rs 2,194.9 crore in the same quarter a year ago.

Meanwhile, Japan's Nikkei index rose by 0.91 per cent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was up 1.38 per cent in early trade.
In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 1.25 per cent up on Tuesday.