It is a strong start for the April F&O series on Friday with Nifty above 11,600 level.
At 09:18 hrs IST, the Sensex is up 171.30 points or 0.44% at 38717.02, and the Nifty up 49.60 points or 0.43% at 11619.60. About 592 shares have advanced, 203 shares declined, and 50 shares are unchanged.
The gainers are IOC, Indiabulls Housing, Hindalco, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, RIL, BPCL, Can Fin Homes, Vodafone Idea, Jet Airways, PFC, REC while losers include Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, Eicher Motors, SBI life and Motherson Sumi.
All the sectoral indices are trading in green led by metal, energy, infra, IT, pharma and auto.