Mumbai: The BSE benchmark index Sensex on Monday gained 218 points in early trade on sustained buying by funds and retailers amid a firming trend in Asian markets.

The 30-share index, which had gained over 741 points in last four trading sessions, shot up by 218.01 points, or 1.24 percent, to 17,822.97 with all sectoral indices gaining up to 2.13 percent.

The wide-based Nifty of the National Stock Exchange moved up by 59.60 points, or 1.12 percent, to 5,385.45.

Brokers said sustained buying by funds and retailers amid firming trend on other Asian bourses following strong gains on Wall Street last week after robust US jobs data mainly boosted the trading sentiment.

In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose by 1.13 percent and Japan's Nikkei Index by 1.05 percent in early trade on Monday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended higher by 1.23 percent on Friday's trade.