Domestic stock markets started Wednesday’s session on a higher note, amid gains in Asian peers. The S&P BSE Sensex index rose as much as 154.16 points to touch 38,660.25 on the upside in early trade, and the broader NSE Nifty benchmark climbed to as high as 11,468.55, up 40.25 points from its previous close. Gains in energy and financial sectors supported the markets however losses in metal and consumer goods shares limited the upside. At 9:20 am, the Sensex traded 105.00 points – or 0.27 per cent – higher at 38,611.09, while the Nifty was up 37.60 points – or 0.33 per cent – at 11,465.90. Tp percentage gainers on the 50-scrip index at the time were Bharat Petroleum, Wipro, Grasim, UltraTech Cement and Dr Reddy’s, trading between 1.50 per cent and 2.77 per cent higher. Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank, Bajaj Finance and TCS contributed the most to the gain in Sensex.