Sensex rises 162 pts in early trade on capital inflows

Mumbai :The benchmark BSE Sensex gained over 162 points to trade above 28,000-mark in early trade today on sustained foreign capital inflows amidst a firming trend at other Asian markets.

The 30-share index, which had lost 189.04 points in the previous session, recovered 162.46 points, or 0.58 per cent, at 28,040.73 with IT, metal and capital goods sector stocks leading the recovery.

On similar lines, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty reclaimed the 8,500-mark by rising 34.95 points, or 0.41 per cent, at 8,512.25.

Brokers said sustained buying by funds and retailers amid a firming trend at other Asian markets lifted by overnight gains on Wall Street after strong US housing data added to signs the world’s top economy is strengthening.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was up by 0.61 per cent, while Japan’s Nikkei gained 0.60 per cent in early trade.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.39 per cent higher in yesterday’s trade.