Tokyo stocks open 0.20% higher

AFP
December 18, 2012
A pedestrian passes a share prices board in Tokyo on December 17, 2012
<p>A pedestrian passes a share prices board in Tokyo on December 17, 2012. Tokyo stocks rose 0.20 percent at the open on Tuesday, tracing Wall Street gains on signs of progress in negotiations to prevent the US economy from going over the "fiscal cliff".</p>

Tokyo stocks rose 0.20 percent at the open on Tuesday, tracing Wall Street gains on signs of progress in negotiations to prevent the US economy from going over the "fiscal cliff".

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index climbed 19.99 points to 9,848.87 at the start of trade.