Tokyo stocks open higher on tech buying after Wall St. gains

Tokyo stocks opened higher Wednesday on buying of technology shares after overnight gains on Wall Street following the Christmas holiday.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 283.07 points, or 0.85 percent, from Tuesday to 33,588.92. The broader Topix index was up 13.64 points, or 0.58 percent, at 2,352.50.

On the top-tier Prime Market, gainers were led by marine transportation, mining and electric appliance issues.

At 9 a.m., the U.S. dollar fetched 142.46-49 yen compared with 142.34-44 yen in New York and 142.32-34 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The euro was quoted at $1.1041-1045 and 157.29-38 yen against $1.1037-1047 and 157.21-31 yen in New York and $1.1022-1023 and 156.87-91 yen in Tokyo late Tuesday afternoon.

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