RTTNews - A mixed open is expected Thursday for Tokyo stocks, on the heels of Wall Street's lukewarm reaction overnight to the latest Fed rate decision.

Japan's Nikkei 225 Average rose 40.71 points or 0.43 percent to 9,590.32.

Of the Nikkei component stocks, there were 105 closing higher, 104 were lower and 16 finished unchanged.

The broader Topix index closed up 0.77 points or 0.1 percent at 902.46.

A weaker yen once again helped the major exporters. Among them, Canon was up 80 yen or 2.56 percent, Sony was unchanged and Honda was up 10 yen or 0.39 percent.

In the telecom sector, KDDI was down 1,000 yen or 0.20 percent, NTT DoCoMo was up 700 yen or 0.50 percent, Nippon telegraph & Telephone was up 60 yen or 1.57 percent and Softbank, which announced future dividend expectations, jumped 109 yen or 6.39 percent.

Among the major banks, Mitsubishi UFJ was down 8 yen or 1.33 percent, Mizuho Financial fell 4 yen or 3.03 percent, Sumitomo Mitsui was down 60 yen or 1.47 percent and Resona Holdings fell 31 yen or 2.23 percent.

In overseas trading, U.S. stocks were mixed on Wednesday, paring early gains after the Federal Reserve announced it would keep interest rates unchanged, and dropping its warning on inflation.

At the closing bell on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 23.05 points or 0.28 percent at 8.299.86, the Nasdaq Composite index was up 273.42 points or 1.55 percent at 1,792.34 and the Standard and Poor's 500 Index was ahead by 5.84 points or 0.65 percent at 900.94.

Other major markets in the Asia/Pacific region closed higher on Wednesday.

The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was up 353.78 points or 2.02 percent at 17,892.15.

In China, the Shanghai Composite index was up 29.60 points or 1.02 percent at 2.922.30.

India's BSE 30 Index rose 98.72 points or 0.69 percent to 14,422.73.

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Composite index was up 81.29 points or 4.25 percent at 1,995.67.

The KOSPI/Seoul Composite index in South Korea was up 3.25 points or 0.24 percent at 1,363.79.

The Taiwan Weighted Index was up 182.61 points or 2.95 percent at 6,380.08.

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