Tokyo stocks plunge

Tokyo, Feb 3 (IANS) Tokyo stocks extended losses on Wednesday morning as an equities rout on Wall Street overnight following a continued drop in oil prices contributed to a sour market mood.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dropped 556.51 points, or 3.14 percent, from Tuesday to 17,194.17, XInhua reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, fell 47.29 points, or 3.26 percent, at 1,404.75.

All industry categories on the main section retreated by the morning break, with securities, iron and steel, and machinery-linked issues leading notable decliners.

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