Sensex edges up 66 points in opening trade

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The BSE Sensex recovered by over 66 points to 35,666.07 in opening trade on Friday, aided by continuous buying by domestic investors amid mixed Asian cues.

The 30-share index advanced 66.25 points, or 0.18 percent, to 35,666.07. It had lost 139.34 points in the previous session.

Sectoral indices such as healthcare, IT, tech, consumer durables, realty, metal and banking, ruled higher, rising by up to 0.96 percent.

Similarly, the broader 50-share NSE Nifty moved up 15.75 points, or 0.14 percent, at 10,823.80.

Unabated buying by domestic institutional investors (DIIs) and scattered buying by retail investors helped trading sentiment, traders said.

DIIs bought equities worth Rs 576.19 crore, while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 1,372.84 crore yesterday, as per provisional data.

In the Sensex pack, Dr Reddy’s, Sun Pharma, RIL, TCS, Infosys, ICICI Bank, Tata Steel, Wipro, Tata Motors, Coal India and Axis Bank were the major gainers, advancing by up to 2.77 percent.

In the Asian region, Japan’s Nikkei was up 0.51 percent while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.05 percent in early deals today. Shanghai Composite too was down by 1.02 percent.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.10 percent lower yesterday.

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