Tokyo stocks rise in early trade

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Tokyo, Feb 26 (IANS) Tokyo stocks rose on Friday as a halt in the slump of oil prices sent US shares higher overnight and lifted the market mood here.

As of 9.15 a.m. (local time), the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 275.18 points, or 1.70 percent, from Thursday to 16,415.52, Xinhua news agency reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, added 19.61 points, or 1.50 percent, to 1,327.15.

All main section industry categories advanced, with notable gainers comprising marine transportation, iron and steel, and securities-linked stocks.

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