Mumbai: The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex on Thursday regained the psychological 18,000 points level by gaining nearly 63 points in early trade on selective buying by funds and retail investors amid firm Asian trends.

The 30-share index recovered by 62.80 points, or 0.35 percent, to trade at 18,003.35 points in early trade. The index had dipped by 169 points to a six-week low on Wednesday.

Metal, PSUs, capital goods and oil stocks staged a moderate recovery.

The wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty index moved up by 12.80 points, or 0.24 percent, to 5,417.60 points.

Brokers said fresh buying at prevailing attractive levels after recent losses helped the Sensex trade in the positive zone.
A firm trend on other Asian bourses also boosted sentiment, they added.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose by 0.28 percent, while Japan's Nikkei gained 0.90 percent in early trade. The Dow Jones Industrial Average in the US market ended 0.25 per cent higher on Wednesday.