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Nikkei closes at over 6-month high on weaker yen

(Xinhua)

15:13, February 20, 2012

TOKYO, Feb. 20 (Xinhua)-- Nikkei ended at its highest level in about six months and a half Monday as concern over domestic exporters were alleviated by the weaker yen.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 100.92 points, or 1. 08 percent, from Friday at 9,485.09, the highest close since finishing at 9,659.18 on Aug. 4. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 8.58 points, or 1.06 percent, higher at 819.03.

Gainers included the iron and steel, sea transport and mining sectors. Decliners included the air transport, construction, and fishery and forestry sectors.

The turnover was about 1,384 billion yen (about 17.40 billion U. S. dollars).

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