Tokyo stocks open lower

Tokyo, Feb 22 (IANS) Tokyo stocks opened lower on Monday as Wall Street’s drop at the end of last week, coupled with a firm yen, weighed on the market mood.

As of 9.15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average declined 50.60 points, or 0.32 percent, from Friday to 15,916.57, Xinhua news agency reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, lost 5.11 points, or 0.40 percent, at 1,286.71.

Notable early decliners comprised mining, bank, and iron and steel-linked shares.

Chinese shares open higher

Chinese stocks opened higher on Monday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up one percent, at 2,888.6 points.

The smaller Shenzhen index opened 1.26 percent higher at 10,290.05 points, Xinhua news agency reported.

The ChiNext Index, tracking China’s NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, gained 1.09 percent to open at 2,235.17 points.

Sensex trades flat in early session

A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Monday was trading flat at 32.45 points, or 0.14 percent up during the morning session.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 8.30 points, or 0.12 percent up at 7,219.05 points.

The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 23,783.47 points, was trading at 23,741.60 points (at 9.16 a.m.) in the early session, up 32.45 points, or 0.14 percent from the previous day’s close at 23,709.15 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 23,783.47 points and a low of 23,674.86 points in the trade so far.

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