The benchmark BSE Sensex recovered by nearly 77 points in early trade on Friday on fresh buying by funds amid a firm trend at other Asian bourses.

The 30-share index rose by 76.80 points, or 0.38 per cent, to 20,270.15 points with tech, healthcare, auto, IT and realty sector stocks leading the gains. The index had lost 255.14 points in Thursday’s trade.

The National Stock Exchange index Nifty moved up by 19.90 points, or 0.33 per cent, to 6,021.00.

Brokers said fresh buying by funds as well as retail investors, triggered by a firming trend at other Asian bourses on overnight gains in the US markets, mainly buoyed the trading sentiment here.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose by 0.94 per cent, while Japan’s Nikkei was up by 0.69 per cent in early trade on Friday.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.40 per cent in the previous session.

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