TOKYO , Dec. 18 -- ( Kyodo ) _ The Nikkei stock index turned higher early Wednesday in Tokyo , led by gains in the mining and utility sectors, while market players were keeping close tabs on the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting due out later in the day. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 109.90 points, or 0.72 percent, from Tuesday to 15,388.53. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 4.81 points, or 0.39 percent, to 1,237.12. The Nikkei opened lower following overnight falls on Wall Street but soon changed the course. Brokers said many market players are awaiting an announcement from the Fed on its stimulus program.
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