Tokyo shares open sharply higher on upbeat US market, oil price

Tokyo, Feb 18 (IANS) Tokyo shares opened the trading on Thursday sharply higher with its benchmark Nikkei stocks index briefly soaring over three percent on upbeat US stocks market overnight and rebounding oil prices.

At 9:15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average jumped 455.34 points, or 2.88 percent, higher from Wednesday to 16,291.70, Xinhua reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 34.84 points, or 2.72 percent, to 1, 317.24.

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