Mumbai: Influenced by a firming Asian trend following overnight gains in the US market, the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex opened over 119 points higher on Thursday.

The 30-share barometer, which has gained over 367 points in the past two sessions, added 119.32 points to 18,325.48 in the first few minutes of trade.

In a similar fashion, the wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty index moved up by 38.95 points, or 0.71 per cent, to 5,519.20.

Meanwhile, Asian market commenced higher following a firm closing in the US market on Wednesday night.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up by 0.59 per cent and Japan's Nikkei by 0.22 per cent in early trade on Thursday. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.56 per cent higher in Wednesday's trade.