Tokyo stocks open higher on Wall St. gains, tech share rise

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Tokyo stocks opened higher Wednesday, tracking overnight gains on Wall Street, led by tech issues following sharp advances in their U.S. counterparts.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 219.97 points, or 0.77 percent, from Tuesday to 28,675.57. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 7.70 points, or 0.39 percent, at 1,997.55.

Gainers were led by electric appliance, marine transportation, and precision instrument issues.

At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 113.53-54 yen compared with 113.51-61 yen in New York and 113.63-65 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The euro was quoted at $1.1273-1274 and 127.99-128.00 yen against $1.1263-1273 and 127.94-128.04 yen in New York and $1.1289-1290 and 128.28-32 yen in Tokyo late Tuesday afternoon.