Mumbai, March 1 -- The BSE benchmark Sensex rallied about 265 points to 36,132 in early session Friday as the March derivatives series took off on a strong footing and foreign fund inflows fuelled the uptrend.

The 30-share Sensex spurted by 264.99 points, or 0.75 per cent, to 36,132.43 in early trade. The gauge had lost over 346 points in the previous three sessions due to geo-political tensions between India and Pakistan.

However, signs of ease in tensions between the two countries since Thursday evening helped in reviving trading sentiments on domestic bourses.

On the macro-economic front, however, traders might take a cautious look at country's economic growth slowing down to a 5-quarter low of 6.6 per cent in October-December perio...