Mumbai, Feb 14 (PTI) The benchmark BSE Sensex gained 173

points to 34,473.43 in early trade today, rising for the

second straight session on back of positive macroeconomic data

and sustained buying by domestic institutional investors

(DIIs) amid appreciating rupee.

Besides, a mixed trend in other Asian markets following

positive lead from Wall Street buoyed sentiment here.

The 30-share barometer rose 172.96 points, or 0.50 per

cent, to 34,473.43 in opening session. All sectoral indices

were trading in the green, with realty, metal, capital goods

and oil & gas rising up to 1.65 per cent.

The NSE index Nifty climbed 41.50 points, or 0.39 per

cent, to 10,581.25.

Brokers said buying picked up on positive economic data.

Industrial output grew by 7.1 per cent in December and retail

inflation eased in January to 5.07 per cent.

DIIs bought shares worth Rs 1,342.70 crore on net basis,

while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold shares worth Rs

814.11 crore on net basis on Monday, provisional data showed.

Major gainers were Bharti Airtel, HDFC, Adani Ports,

Wipro, RIL, Dr Reddy’s, L&T, HDFC Bank, Infosys, Tata Steel,

M&M, Yes Bank and Coal India, gaining up to 1.92 per cent.

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up

0.73 per cent and Singapore edged up 0.05 per cent, while

Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.64 per cent and China’s Shanghai

Composite index slipped 0.32 per cent.

The US Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, closed 0.16

per cent higher in yesterday’s trade.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.