Tokyo stocks open higher on Wall Street gains

Tokyo stocks opened higher Friday, supported by overnight gains on Wall Street after U.S. gross domestic product in the April-June period was revised upward and the release of fewer-than-expected jobless claims.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 211.08 points, or 0.74 percent, from Thursday to 28,690.09. The broader Topix index was up 6.18 points, or 0.31 percent, at 1,982.78.

On the top-tier Prime Market, gainers were led by textile, iron and steel, and machinery issues.

At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 136.55-56 yen compared with 136.43-53 yen in New York and 136.47-50 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The euro was quoted at $0.9969-9973 and 136.13-19 yen against $0.9967-9977 and 136.06-16 yen in New York and $0.9999-1.0000 and 136.47-51 yen in Tokyo late Thursday afternoon.

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