TOKYO , Jan. 7 -- ( Kyodo ) _ Tokyo stocks opened slightly lower Tuesday, with sentiment undermined following overnight falls on Wall Street on tepid U.S. service data. In the first 15 minutes of trading, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average fell 19.96 points, or 0.13 percent, from Monday to 15,888.92. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 4.94 points, or 0.38 percent, at 1,287.21. The soft opening came after the Nikkei tumbled 382 points, its largest drop since late October, the previous day, snapping its nine-day winning streak through the end of last year.
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