Nikkei opens lower on U.S. slump

09:35, June 23, 2011      

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Japan's Nikkei index opened lower Thursday, hurt by losses on the Wall Street overnight after the U.S. Federal Reserve cut its forecasts for the country's economic growth.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dropped 39.59 points, or 0.41 percent, from Wednesday to 9,589.84.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 3.17 points, or 0.38 percent, to 825.82.

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