Mumbai: Rising for the third day in a row, the BSE benchmark Sensex gained 65 points in early trade today on sustained buying by funds and retailers amid a firming trend in Asian region.

The 30-share barometer, which had gained almost 404 points in the previous two sessions, added 65.02 points, or 0.37 per cent, to 17,666.80.

All the sectoral indices, led by metal and auto, were trading with gains of up to 1.43 per cent.