Tokyo stocks open sharply lower on strong yen vs. dollar
Tokyo stocks opened sharply lower Friday, with sentiment hurt by the firming yen that rose to a three-and-a-half month high against the U.S. dollar in the lower 135 range in New York overnight. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average fell 452.58 points, or 1.60 percent, from Thursday to 27,773.50. The broader Topix index was down 33.10 points, or 1.67 percent, at 1,953.36. On the top-tier Prime Market, decliners were led by precision instrument, wholesale, and pharmaceutical issues. At 9 a.m., the dollar fetched 135.15-16 yen compared with 135.28-38 yen in New Yo...