Equity benchmarks opened moderately higher, with the Nifty climbing above 9,800 level despite weak Asian cues, backed by Reliance Industries, healthcare and auto stocks.
The 30-share BSE Sensex was up 62.75 points at 31,809.84 and the 50-share NSE Nifty gained 25.45 points at 9,811.50.
IndusInd Bank, ACC, Ambuja Cements, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and IOC were early gainers.
The broader markets also participated in uptrend on positive breadth. About 761 shares advanced against 244 declining shares on the BSE. Nifty Midcap 100 gained 0.5 percent.
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