Tokyo stocks open slightly higher on strong U.S. jobs data

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Tokyo stocks were slightly higher in early trading Monday, supported by record highs on Wall Street late last week on stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data for October.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 62.58 points, or 0.21 percent, from Friday to 29,674.15. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 2.72 points, or 0.13 percent, at 2,044.14.

Gainers were led by air transportation, mining, and marine transportation issues.

At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 113.47-48 yen compared with 113.36-46 yen in New York and 113.76-77 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Friday.

The euro was quoted at $1.1567-1569 and 131.26-27 yen against $1.1563-1573 and 131.12-22 yen in New York and $1.1560-1562 and 131.51-55 yen in Tokyo late Friday afternoon.