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Tokyo shares open mixed on firm US shares, weak business data

This file photo taken on Oct. 26, 2017, shows the inside of the Tokyo Stock Exchange building. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo stocks were mixed in early trading Wednesday as buying on firm U.S. shares overnight was offset by selling prompted by downbeat business sentiment among major Japanese manufacturers in a quarterly Bank of Japan survey released before the opening.

    In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 37.52 points, or 0.17 percent, from Tuesday to 22,325.66. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 1.07 points, or 0.07 percent, at 1,557.70.

    Gainers were led by security houses, nonferrous metal issues while major decliners included real estate and air transportation issues.

    At 9 a.m., the U.S. dollar fetched 107.99-108.00 yen, compared with 107.88-98 yen in New York and 107.72-73 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

    The euro was quoted at $1.1233-1234 and 121.31-38 yen against $1.1226-1236 and 121.20-30 yen in New York and $1.1222-1223 and 120.89-93 yen in Tokyo late Tuesday afternoon.

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