Sensex up 142 points early afternoon (Lead)

Mumbai, Nov 25 ( A key Indian equities index was trading 142 points in the green early afternoon Wednesday, thanks to strong buying interest in oil and gas and banking scrips.

The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) opened at 17,149.08 points, against Tuesday’s close at 17,131.08 points, but soon rose around 50 points 15 minutes into the trade.

At 1.40 p.m., the index was ruling at 17,273.42 points, up 142.34 points or 0.83 percent from its previous close.

Around the same time, at the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader 50-share S&P CNX Nifty was ruling at 5,131.35 points, against the previous close at 5,090.55 points, a gain of 0.8 percent.

Broader market indices were also trading in the green, with the BSE midcap index up 0.55 percent and the BSE small cap index ruling 0.74 percent higher.