Mumbai: The Sensex ascended by almost 65 points in opening trade on Friday due to selective buying by funds and retail investors.

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) 30-share barometer, which has lost 310 points in the previous four sessions, bounced back by 64.48, or 0.33 percent, to 19,356.50 in the first few minutes of trade on Friday.

Stocks of refinery, realty, healthcare, consumer durable and banking firms led the recovery.

In a similar manner, the wide-based National Stock Exchange Nifty index rose by 18.85 points, or 0.32 percent, to 5,804.30.

Brokers said selective buying by funds as well as investors in fundamentally strong stocks of refinery, realty and healthcare firms mainly supported the market.

(Agencies)