The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex rose by 158 points in opening trade on Friday on buying by funds driven by strong global cues.

The 30-share index gained 158.10 points, or 0.91 per cent at 17,347.41 points on the back of a rally in heavyweight stocks. It had gained 64.09 points on Thursday.

The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty surged by 42.85 points, or 0.83 per cent, to 5,177.50 points.

Brokers said sentiments on the domestic bourses remained bullish on the back of buying by foreign funds on positive global cues.

The Country’s most valued firm Reliance Industries surged 0.93 per cent to Rs. 1,080.50, while Reliance Infra gained 1.12 per cent to Rs 1,074.50 on funds based buying.

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