Mumbai: The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex on Thursday made gains for the third straight day - up 131 points on sustained buying by funds, especially in IT and metal sectors amid strong gains in the Asian region on signs of growth in major global economies.

Sensex, which had gained 437 points in last two sessions, rose another 131.27 points, 0.76 percent to 17,431.85.

Similarly, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty rose 34.20 points, or 0.65 percent to 5,269.90.

Top IT firms Infosys shot up by 0.68 percent, Tata Consultancy Services by 1.62 percent and Wipro 3.46 percent.
Brokers positive cues from Asia followed improving factory output figures from China, the US and Germany for the month of January, easing worries over slowing global growth.
After the Supreme Court quashed 122 telecom licences issued to new operators in 2008, stocks of old player such as Bharti Airtel and Idea rose 6.88 percent and 2.68 percent.
Major gainers included Hero MotoCorp, Larsen and Toubro, BHEL, Hindalco, Sterlite Industries, Tata Power, DLF Ltd., Gail India, Maruti Suzuki, SBI, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Coal India.