Tokyo stocks up by break as banks rally

Hong Kong stocks extend gains at open

TOKYO, Sept 6 (APP/AFP): Tokyo stocks edged higher Tuesday morning with Japan’s major banks extending gains, after the benchmark index hit a three-month high.

Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index, which on Monday closed above 17,000 for the first time since the end of May, added 0.22 percent, or 36.64 points, to sit at 17,074.27 by the lunch break.

The broader Topix index of all first-section shares gained 0.48 percent, or 6.48 points, to 1,350.33.