TOKYO, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks closed flat Thursday as an initial halt in the yen's appreciation against the U.S. dollar giving exporters a boost was offset in later trade.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average shed 1.71 points, or 0.01 percent, from Wednesday to end at 18,430.49.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, edged up 1.39 points, or 0.09 percent, to finish the day at 1,472.81.
Oil and coal product, and mining issues comprised issues that declined the most by the close of play.
Bank and rubber product issues, meanwhile, were notable advancers, with advancing issues outpacing declining ones by 1,091 to 792 on the First Section.
On the main section on Thursday, trading volume came to 1,841.06 million shares, dropping from Wednesday's volume of 1,952.91 million shares.
The total turnover on the penultimate trading day of the week totaled 2,159 billion yen (19.85 billion U.S. dollars).