Tokyo stocks open slightly lower on weak Wall St., Ukraine tensions

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Tokyo stocks opened slightly lower Tuesday, tracking overnight losses on Wall Street as fears over a possible invasion of Ukraine by Russia continued to dampen sentiment.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average fell 25.86 points, or 0.10 percent, from Monday to 27,053.73. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 2.19 points, or 0.11 percent, at 1,928.46.

Decliners were led by service, mining and insurance issues.

At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 115.51-56 yen compared with 115.49-59 yen in New York and 115.40-42 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Monday.

The euro was quoted at $1.1304-1308 and 130.57-68 yen against $1.1301-1311 and 130.51-61 yen in New York and $1.1337-1338 and 130.83-87 yen in Tokyo late Monday afternoon.