Mumbai: The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex rose by over 60 points in opening trade on Thursday, extending its gains for the third straight session on firm global cues.

The 30-share BSE index, which gained 351.67 points in the previous two sessions, advanced further by 60.84 points, or 0.35 percent, to 17,125.84 in the first five minutes of trade on Thursday.

Likewise, the wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty Index was also up by 16.05 points, or 0.31 percent, at 5,140.70.

All the sectoral indices, led by IT and realty, were trading in the positive zone with gains of up to 1.45 percent amid steady capital inflows.

Brokers said the trading sentiment remained bullish amid a firming trend on other Asian bourses after overnight gains in the US market.

They said US stocks rose by over 2 percent after a three-session losing streak following a ruling by Germany's top court that paved the way for Berlin's participation in bail-outs that could ease Europe's debt crisis.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was down by 0.83 percent, while Japan's Nikkei Index was up by 0.47 percent in morning trade on Thursday. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 2.47 percent higher in Wednesday's trade.