Markets open in green, Sensex up 39 pts

A benchmark index of the equities markets Monday rose over 39 points in early trade on fresh buying by funds as well as retail investors in select stocks.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which had lost 160.13 points in the previous session, recovered by 39.42 points, or 0.20 per cent, to 19,615.06, with stocks of metal, IT and consumer durable sectors leading the rise in early trade.

Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty rose by 9.95 points, or 0.17 per cent, to 5,953.95.

In the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up by 0.96 per cent in early trade today, while Japan's financial markets are closed on Monday.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.96 per cent higher in Friday's trade.