Markets up in early trade, Sensex 61 pts up

A benchmark index of the equities markets Monday rose by nearly 61 points in early trade on sustained buying by funds and retail investors mainly in power, capital goods, PSUs, oil and gas and healthcare sector stocks.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) gained 60.88 points, or 0.31 percent, to 19,456.69.

In the past two sessions, Sensex has gone up by nearly 844 points.

The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty traded 14.15 points, or 0.24 percent, higher at 5,856.35.

Stocks of oil companies such as HPCL and BPCL were in good demand following a hike in petrol prices.

Meanwhile, in the Asian region, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.78 percent, while Japan's Nikkei shed 0.30 percent in early trade on Monday.