Tokyo stocks open mixed after Dow’s rise, tech shares lose ground

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TOKYO, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) — Tokyo stocks opened mixed on Thursday, as investors bought on the back of the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s record close overnight and hope for more fiscal stimulus out of Washington, while selling was prompted by U.S. tech shares falling, dragging down their counterparts here.

As of 9:15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average lost 170.71 points, or 0.56 percent, from Wednesday to 30,462.90.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, fell 1.01 points, or 0.05 percent, at 1,960.48.

Air transportation, pharmaceutical and land transportation issues comprised those that gained the most in the opening minutes after the morning bell. Enditem

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