The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex rose by over 80 points in the opening trade today on continued capital inflows by foreign funds, which took cues from firming Asian bourses.

The 30-share index gained 80.10 points, or 0.46 per cent, to 17,640.25 points in the opening trade.

The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty also moved up by 19.40 points, or 0.36 per cent, to 5,279.80 points.

Brokers said better trend on other Asian bourses and beginning of new settlement in the derivatives segment, mainly buoyed trading sentiments here.

Among gainers, Reliance Industries went up by 0.91 per cent to Rs 1,101.60, ICICI Bank by 1.14 per cent to Rs 940.55, Maruti Suzuki by 1.75 per cent to Rs 1,396, Mahindra and Mahindra by 1.56 per cent to Rs 1,071, Wipro by 1.13 per cent to Rs 727.15, Tata Steel by 0.63 per cent to Rs 639.85 and Sterlite Industries 0.19 per cent to Rs 822.80.

Beginning of new settlement in the derivatives segment, which triggered speculative buying by traders, also supported the uptrend in stock prices.

The Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was up 0.20 per cent, while Japan’s Nikkei gained 0.70 per cent in the morning trade today.

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