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Japan’s Nikkei Reaches 15 Year Record

The Nikkei index briefly climbed above 19,000 for the first time in nearly 15 years Thursday as investor sentiment was buoyed by optimism toward the Japanese economy.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average climbed as far as 19,008.13 points, the highest intraday level since April 2000. It ended the day up 267.59 points, or 1.43 percent, from Wednesday at 18,991.11.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 20.96 points, or 1.37 percent, higher at 1,546.63.

Major gaining industry sectors included insurance, air transport and real estate.

via Mainichi [1]

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