Japanese stocks advance on Monday

Tokyo, Nov 9 (IANS) Japanese shares rose in early trading Monday as the market mood was lifted by robust US jobs data on Friday providing another indication of an imminent US rate hike, which also drove the yen down versus the US dollar.

As of 9.15 a.m. (local time), the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average added 221.70 points (1.15 percent) from Friday to 19,487.30, Xinhua reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange gained 18.80 points (1.20 percent) to 1,582.39.

Among notable early advancers were precision instruments, insurance and banking issues.

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