The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex today opened moderately higher by 19 points as investors refrained from creating fresh positions on the last day of samvat year 2065.

The 30-share index, which had lost 35.91 points in the previous trading, gained 19.41 points at 17,214.61 points in first five minutes of trading.

The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty moved up by 7.50 points to 5,116.35 points on selective buying in IT and oil and gas stocks.

Marketmen said investors were cautious in creating fresh positions on the last day of samvat year 2065.

Among other Asian indices, Hong Kong's Hang Seng firmed up in the morning trade.

The US markets had closed in the green yesterday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 46 points last night.

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