Mumbai: Extending gains for the sixth session in a row, the BSE benchmark Sensex rose by nearly 86 points in early trade on Wednesday on buying by funds and retailers ahead of industrial output data amid a firm Asian cues.

The 30-share barometer, which has gained over 541 points in the past five sessions, rose by another 85.76 points, or 0.48 percent, to 17,938.71.

All the sectoral indices, led by metals and realty, were trading with gains of up to 0.76 percent.

The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty regained 5,400 points level by rising 21.65 points, or 0.40 percent, to 5,411.65.

Brokers said optimistic buying by participants ahead of industrial output data for July to be released later on Wednesday and a firm trend in Asian markets tracking gains on Wall Street after upbeat US economic data, mainly buoyed the trading sentiments.

In Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose by 1.13 percent and Japan's Nikkei was up by 1.46 percent in early trade. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.52 percent higher in on Tuesday's trade.


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