Tokyo stocks open mixed on Wall St. rebound, firmer yen

Tokyo stocks opened mixed Friday, as buying spurred by rebound on Wall Street overnight was offset by selling after the yen strengthened against the U.S. dollar.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 107.24 points, or 0.30 percent, from Thursday to 36,118.70. The broader Topix index was down 0.20 point, or 0.01 percent, at 2,533.84.

On the top-tier Prime Market, gainers were led by information and communication, metal product and chemical shares. The main decliners were marine transportation, insurance and securities house issues.

At 9 a.m., the U.S. dollar fetched 146.46-49 yen compared with 146.35-45 yen in New York and 146.80-82 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The euro was quoted at $1.0872-0876 and 159.23-32 yen against $1.0866-0876 and 159.16-26 yen in New York, and $1.0793-0794 and 158.45-49 yen in Tokyo late Thursday afternoon.

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