1310 TOKYO (AP) _ Tokyo stocks rose Friday morning on growing hopes for economic recovery. The dollar was lower against the Japanese yen.

The Nikkei Stock Average of 225 issues was up 99.94 points, or 0.86 percent, at 11,783.36 points at the end of morning trading. On Thursday, the index closed down 31.97 points, or 0.27 percent.

The dollar was trading at 103.97 yen at 11 a.m. Friday, down 0.16 yen from late Thursday but above the 103.74 yen it bought in New York later that day.

On the stock market, investors bought a variety of issues ranging from autos to telecom issues.

High-tech issues including Advantest and Tokyo Electron, automakers Honda Motor, Nissan and Toyota, as well as telecom issues Vodafone and NTT, were among gainers Friday morning.

The broader index of all issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's first section rose 7.75 points, or 0.66 percent, to 1,182.76 Friday morning. The TOPIX slipped 4.22 points, or 0.36 percent, the day before.

Wall Street gained Thursday on a drop in weekly unemployment claims and rising manufacturing activity.

The Dow Jones industrial average advanced 15.63, or 0.2 percent, to close at 10,373.33. The Nasdaq composite index added 20.79, or 1 percent, to 2,015.01.

In currency trading, the dollar remained lower after it weakened in New York, following the European Central Bank's decision to leave interest rates on hold, giving little indication it intends to lower them any time soon.

The euro rose to $1.2356 Friday morning in Tokyo, from $1.2296 late Thursday. Against the yen, the European currency was quoted at 128.52 yen, up from 127.98 yen.

The yield on Japan's benchmark 10-year government bond rose to 1.4300 percent from 1.4200 percent late Thursday. Its price slipped 0.09 to 98.86 points.


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