Tokyo stocks open higher as high-tech issues advance

Tokyo stocks opened higher Friday as high-tech shares tracked an overnight surge in their U.S. counterparts.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 250.26 points, or 0.91 percent, from Thursday to 27,664.14. The broader Topix index was up 7.09 points, or 0.37 percent, at 1,933.48.

On the top-tier Prime Market, gainers were led by precision instrument, mining and electric appliance issues.

At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 129.93-94 yen compared with 129.85-95 yen in New York and 129.88-90 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The euro was quoted at $1.0749-0753 and 139.66-72 yen against $1.0740-0750 and 139.55-65 yen in New York and $1.0686-0688 and 138.79-83 yen in Tokyo late Thursday afternoon.

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