The BSE Sensex opened higher by 1 points at 31274, while the Nifty50 opened higher by 3 points at 9656 mark. India Bulls Housing Finance is the top Nifty gainer and Lupin Auto is the top Nifty loser in the morning hours. There are 953 advances, 445 declines and 502 unchanged stocks on NSE reflecting some positive bias floating in the market. The level of 9,700 is likely to act as a strong barrier for the Nifty50. If it holds above the level of 9,700, a rally is likely up to the level of 9,730. On the downside, the support for Nifty50 index is placed in the region of 9,620-9,630. The rupee opened at 64.31 per US dollar higher by 13 paise. On Friday, the rupee rose by 4 paise to a fresh one-week high of 64.44 against the US dollar on sustained selling of the American currency by exporters.