The Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex moved up by 179 points in early trade today on the back of widespread buying by funds, tracking the firm Asian markets.
The BSE-30 share index, Sensex, which had gained over 1,060 points in the past two sessions, rose by 179.08 points to 13,814.48.
Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange's index Nifty gained 49.60 points to 4,141.85.
Stock brokers said firm Asian markets mainly influenced the trading sentiments here.
Major supporters to the Sensex were HDFC Bank, HDFC Ltd, ICICI Bank, Grasim Industries, Larsen and Toubro, Mahindra and Mahindra, ONGC, RCOM, Tata Steel, Cipla and ACC.
However, Reliance Industries, Infosys Technologies, Reliance Infra, Satyam Computers, DLF Ltd and BHEL were down on profit-taking.