Domestic stock markets started Wednesday's session on a higher note, a day ahead of counting of votes in the general election, amid choppy trade in Asian peers. The S&P BSE Sensex rose as much as 190.42 points to 39,160.22 in early trade, and the NSE Nifty moved to 11,753.90, up 44.8 points from the previous close. The benchmark indexes advanced after swinging between gains and losses in the first few minutes of trade. At 9:50 am, the Sensex traded with a gain of 66.38 points - or 0.17 per cent - at 39,036.18, while the Nifty was up 8.30 points - or 0.07 per cent - at 11,717.40.
Top gainers on the 50-scrip index at the time were Bharat Petroleum, ONGC, HCL Tech, Bharti Infratel, Infosys and Reliance Industries, trading between 0.97 per cent and 1.88 per cent higher.Market breadth was negative, with 694 advancers against 864 decliners on the National Stock Exchange. On the BSE, 693 stocks traded higher while 779 moved lower. HDFC Bank, Reliance Industries and Infosys contributed the most to the advances on Sensex.