Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex gained nearly 20 points in early trade on Thursday on selective buying by funds and retailers amid a firming Asian trend.
    
The 30-share barometer rose by 19.71 points, or 0.10 per cent, to 19,627.79. The index had gained over 147 points in the previous two sessions.
    
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty edged up by 5.05 points, or 0.09 per cent, to 5,938.
    
Brokers said selective buying by funds and retailers in IT, Realty and Refinery sectors stocks amid a firming trend in Asian region mainly influenced the sentiment.
    
Among Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose by 1.06 per cent, while Japan's Nikkei by 0.55 per cent in early trade.

(Agencies)

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