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Markets up in early trade; Sensex gains 82 pts

A benchmark index of the equities markets extended gains for the third-straight day by adding nearly 82-points in early trade on continued foreign funds inflow amid a firming trend in the global markets.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) rose by 81.83-points, or 0.41 percent, to 19,970.78 with stocks of realty, metal and IT sectors leading the gains.

Similarly, the wide-based National Stock Exchange index, Nifty moved up by 21.55-points, or 0.36 percent, to 6,065.10.

Meanwhile in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose by 0.72 percent, while Japan's Nikkei up by 1.35 percent in the early trade.