May 1, 2014 9:48 am JST

Tokyo stocks open higher on Dow's advance to all-time high

TOKYO(Kyodo) -- Tokyo stocks opened higher Thursday as market sentiment brightened after the 30-issue Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high overnight.

     In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 69.58 points, or 0.49 percent, from Wednesday to 14,373.69. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 8.26 points, or 0.71 percent, at 1,170.70.

     The Dow gained 45.47 points to 16,580.84, ending at an all-time time for the first time in four months, after the Federal Reserve decided to keep its short-term interest rate near zero.