Nikkei stock index lower in morning on tech fall, yen's firmness

© Kyodo News

The Nikkei stock index was slightly lower Wednesday morning, weighed down by technology shares that tracked an overnight fall in their U.S. counterparts, while some export-oriented issues lost ground after the yen rose to its highest level in about a month against the dollar during New York trading.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average fell 35.06 points, or 0.13 percent, from Tuesday to 26,713.08. The broader Topix index was up 0.07 point, or 0.00 percent, at 1,878.33

On the top-tier Prime Market, decliners were led by service, air transportation and transportation equipment issues.