URGENT: Nikkei stock index up 2% as oil issues gain amid Middle East conflict


The Nikkei stock index rose over 2 percent early Tuesday in Tokyo, lifted by energy-related issues amid rising oil prices due to conflict in the Middle East.

At 9:40 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 662.92 points, or 2.14 percent, from Friday to 31,657.59.

Japanese financial markets were closed Monday for a national holiday.

Kyodo News

Kyodo News