TOKYO , Dec. 20 -- ( Kyodo ) _ Tokyo stocks opened lower Friday as market players sought to lock in recent gains after the Nikkei soared 4.7 percent over the past three days to a six-year closing high. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average fell 80.66 points, or 0.51 percent, from Thursday to 15,778.56. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 4.48 points, or 0.35 percent, at 1,258.59. Oil and coal, nonferrous metal, and pharmaceutical sectors drew selling in early deals while marine transport and steel shares gained ground.
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