Tokyo stocks open mixed on firm tech shares, weak U.S. Dow

Tokyo stocks opened mixed Friday morning as buying of high-tech shares was offset by selling on an overnight fall of the U.S. Dow Jones index.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 169.12 points, or 0.63 percent, from Thursday to 26,812.51. The broader Topix index was down 0.16 point, or 0.01 percent, at 1,892.97.

On the top-tier Prime Market, gainers were led by electric power and gas, miscellaneous product and marine transportation issues, while insurance, bank and mining issues were the main decliners.

At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 138.96-99 yen compared with 138.88-98 yen in New York and 139.09-11 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The euro was quoted at $1.0025-0029 and 139.31-39 yen against $1.0018-0028 and 139.17-27 yen in New York and $1.0036-0038 and 139.59-63 yen in Tokyo late Thursday afternoon.

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