RTTNews - A mixed open is forecast for Tokyo stocks on Friday, following Wall Street's lukewarm performance overnight. U.S. stocks closed higher despite disappointing economic data.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 Average gained 82.19 points or 0.79 percent to close at 10,517.19.

Among the Nikkei component stocks, there were 159 closing higher, 52 were lower and 14 finished unchanged.

The broader Topix index rose 8.54 points or 0.9 percent to close at 968.41.

Among the stocks and sectors of interest, encouraging economic news from the United States pushed auto exporter Honda higher. Honda shares rose 40 yen or 1.32 percent. Among the others in the auto sector, Subaru maker Fuji Heavy was up 8 yen or 1.90 percent, Mazda Motors was up 8 yen or 3.12 percent, Mitsubishi Motors was unchanged and Toyota was up 60 yen or 1.49 percent.

Among the major banks, Mitsubishi UFJ was up 3 yen or 0.50 percent, Mizuho Financial rose 1 yen or 0.43 percent on heavy volume of 139.5 million shares, Sumitomo Mitsui rose 40 yen or 0.98 percent and Resona Holdings was down one yen or 0.08 percent.

Toray Industries jumped 21 yen or 5.26 percent after news reports of development of an insulin spray for treating diabetes.

In overseas trading on Thursday, Wall Street put in a mixed performance after opening the day with disappointing data on retail sales. At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 36.58 points or 0.39 percent at 9,398.19, the Nasdaq Composite Index gained 10.63 points or 0.53 percent at 2,009.35 and the Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 6.92 points or 0.69 percent at 1,012.73.

All of the major Asia/Pacific markets except South Korea's finished higher on Thursday.

The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was up 426.06 points or 2.08 percent at 20,861,30.

China's Shanghai Composite index was up 27.84 points or 0.89 percent at 3,140.56.

In India, the BSE 30 index was up 498.33 points or 3.32 percent at 15,518.49.

The Jakarta Composite index in Indonesia was up 49.13 points or 2.09 percent at 2,396.49.

The KOSPI/Seoul Composite index in South Korea was down 0.71 points or 0.05 percent at 1,564.64.

The Taiwan Weighted Index was up 136.06 points or 1.97 percent at 7,034.96.

On Friday's economic data calendar, the Bank of Japan is scheduled to release the minutes from its monetary policy meeting on July 14 and 15. Japan also will release its tertiary activity index for June and M2 and M3 money supply data for July.

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