Mumbai, Jul 30: The benchmark BSE Sensex rose over 156 points in early trade today as participants indulged in covering their short positions in view of the monthly expiry in the derivatives segment amid positive global cues. The 30-share barometer, which had gained 104.20 points in the previous session, rose further 156.72 points, or 0.56 per cent, to 27,720.15. Also Read - Sensex Dives 726 Points, Slips Below 51,000-Level; Nifty Down By 197 Points

Besides, value-buying in capital goods, healthcare, realty, PSUs, auto and banking stocks positively impacted trading sentiment. Also, the NSE Nifty regained the 8,400-mark by surging 46.60 points, or 0.55 per cent, to 8,421.65. Brokers said that apart from the short covering as today being the last trading session of July expiry in the derivatives space, a firming trend at other Asian bourses supported the uptrend. Also Read - Sensex up 800 Points; Auto, Banking Stocks Rise

Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng firmed up 0.22 per cent while Japan’s Nikkei higher by 1.36 per cent in early trade today. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.69 per cent higher in yesterday’s trade after the Federal Reserve upgraded its outlook on the economy, buoyed sentiment. Also Read - Sensex Posts Worst Day in 10 Months, Sinks 1,940 Points Amid Global Meltdown