Tokyo stocks end slightly lower on U.S. gov’t shutdown

TOKYO, (PNA/Xinhua) — Tokyo stocks ended slightly lower Thursday as investors refrained from active buying amid concerns over the negative economic impact stemming from the ongoing partial U.S. government shutdown.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average was down 13.24 points, or 0.09 percent, from Wednesday at 14,157.25.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange lost 1.17 points, or 0.10 percent, to 1,173.99.

Decliners were led by the insurance, mining and oil sectors, while gainers included communications, steel and precision machinery issues.

The turnover was about 2,039.6 billion yen (about 20.71 billion U.S. dollars).