Nikkei surges 2.72% on gains in Wall Street, Hong Kong

12:59, February 18, 2010      

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Japan's key Nikkei index surged near 3 percent Wednesday to a two-week closing high on Wall Street's rise overnight and strong gains in the Hong Kong market after the Lunar New Year holiday.

The benchmark Nikkei-225 index rose 272.58 points, or 2.72 percent, to 10,306.83, its highest close since Feb. 4 and the biggest percentage gain in a day since Dec. 3, 2009.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose 19.46 points, or 2.2 percent, to 904.63, finishing above 900 for the first time in two weeks.

Trading volume on the main section was 1,755.87 million shares, up from Tuesday's 1,416.33 million.

The TSE's Second Section index was up 8.38 points, or 0.41 percent, to 2,076.60 with a volume of 33.85 million shares. On the Osaka Securities Exchange, the near-term March Nikkei 225 index futures contract was up 270 points to 10,290.

Source: Xinhua
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