Nikkei rises above 12,000 at open on overseas lead

Thu Mar 7, 2013 7:04pm EST

TOKYO, March 8 (Reuters) - The Nikkei share average rose
above the 12,000 mark at the open on Friday, buoyed by signs of
improvement in the euro zone economy and bullish U.S. jobs data,
with Japanese stocks underpinned by expectations of more
monetary easing.
    The Nikkei added 1 percent to 12,083.33, while the
broader Topix rose 0.7 percent to 1,101.90.