TOKYO , Dec. 26 -- ( Kyodo ) _ Tokyo stocks opened higher Thursday, with export-oriented shares gaining ground on the back of the U.S. dollar's rise to the mid-104 yen range. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 107.23 points, or 0.67 percent, from Wednesday to 16,117.22, hitting its highest intraday level since November 2007 . The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 9.68 points, or 0.77 percent, at 1,267.86. Major gainers in early deals included paper and pulp, and brokerage sectors. The strong opening came after the Nikkei extended its winning streak to a sixth day Wednesday.
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