TOKYO , Jan. 23 -- ( Kyodo ) _ The Nikkei stock index ended Thursday morning higher thanks to rises in export-oriented high-tech shares amid the yen's depreciation, although some of early gains were pared after weaker-than-expected Chinese economic data. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average rose 37.61 points, or 0.24 percent, from Wednesday to end the morning at 15,858.57. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 0.37 point, or 0.03 percent, to 1,299.26. Electronics, brokerage and insurance shares were among the major gainers while metal, utility and steel issues faced selling.
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