India, March 12 -- The BSE benchmark Sensex soared by over 500 points while Nifty was up by over points in afternoon trade on Tuesday. News agency PTI reported that the jump was led by gains in metal, oil and gas, banking and energy stocks amid unabated buying by foreign investors and strong global cues.

BSE Sensex was up 519 points at 37,573.28 points while Nifty traded at 11,308.25 points up by 138. Top gainers in early trade include PowerGrid, NTPC, RIL, L&T, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors, HCL Tech and Vedanta, rising over 2.60 per cent.

Traders said sustained inflow of foreign funds and positive cues other Asian equities boosted investor sentiment .

Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.37 per cent, Shanghai Composite Index jum...