Mumbai:  The BSE benchmark Sensex surged over 287 points in early trade on Friday on flurry of buying by funds and retail investors, driven by a firm trend in global markets after the European Central Bank unveiled a plan to help ailing eurozone countries.
     
The 30-share barometer, which had gained 32.93 points in the previous session, shot up by 287.09 points, or 1.65 percent, to 17,633.36.
     
All sectoral indices, led by metal, auto and banking, were trading in the positive zone with gains of up to 2.25 percent.
     
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty regained psychological 5,300 points level by spurting 86.00 points, or 1.64 percent, at 5,324.40.
     
Brokers said sentiment turned better on widespread buying by funds and retail investors in line with a firm trend overseas after European Central Bank unveiled a plan to buy the bonds of troubled eurozone nations in a bid to tackle the region's long-running debt crisis.
     
In Asian region, Japan's Nikkei was up 2.08 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 2.19 percent in early trade on Friday.
     
The US Dow Jones Industrial Average had ended 1.87 percent higher in Thursday's trade.

(Agencies)

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