Mumbai, Jan 03 (Agencies): Kicking off the new trading year on a positive note, a benchmark index of Indian equities on Monday rose in morning trade.

The 30-share sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 20,621.61 points, was ruling at 20,652.91 points, up 143.82 points or 0.7 per cent from its previous close at 20,509.09 points.

At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the 50-share S&P CNX Nifty was trading at 6,176.8 points, up 0.69 per cent.

Broader markets were also in the positive, with the BSE midcap index ruling 0.89 per cent up and the BSE small cap index trading 0.82 per cent higher.