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Japan’s Nikkei rises at open on Wall Street’s gains

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Tokyo, March 14 (IANS) Tokyo stocks opened higher on Thursday as solid data in the US for durable goods orders helped Wall Street advance overnight, which saw risk appetite for issues here improve.

As of 9:15 am local time (5:45 am IST), the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average added 230.48 points, or 1.08 percent, from Wednesday to 21,520.72, Xinhua news agency reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, gained 14.11 points, or 0.89 percent, to 1,606.18.

Oil and coal product, pulp and paper, and iron and steel-oriented issues comprised those that advanced the most in the opening minutes after the morning bell.