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Nikkei slips, telecom shares slump on Rakuten market entry plan

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Thursday, as banks and insurer shares weakened in line with lower interest rates while telecommunications shares withered on news that online retailer Rakuten plans to enter the mobile carrier market.

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Nikkei edges down, telecom shares slump as Rakuten mulls market entry

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average erased earlier modest gains on Thursday to edge down, while telecommunications shares withered on news that online retailer Rakuten is weighing entry into the mobile carrier market.

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Nikkei dented by weaker tech shares; Shikoku Electric stumbles

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average ended lower on Wednesday after tech stocks lost ground as they tracked their weaker U.S. counterparts, while Shikoku Electric slumped after a court ruled against the restart of one of its nuclear reactors.

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Nikkei edges lower as weaker tech shares offset boost from financials

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged lower on Wednesday morning after tech stocks lost ground as they tracked their weaker U.S. counterparts, offsetting gains in the financial space.

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Japanese stocks slip before Fed; but miners, shippers rise

TOKYO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei slipped on Tuesday, reversing earlier gains as investors turned cautious ahead of this week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.

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Nikkei rises to close at 25-year high, construction companies fall

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks hit a fresh 25-year high on Monday in choppy trade as gains in financial shares and large cap stocks offset falls in real estate and construction companies, with Obayashi Corp diving more than 7 percent.

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Nikkei flat as real estate, construction stocks weigh

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks struggled for traction on Monday as gains in financial shares were offset by drops in real estate and construction companies, with Obayashi Corp diving more than 8 percent.

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KKR's tender offer for Hitachi Kokusai ends in success - Nikkei

Dec 8 (Reuters) - KKR & Co LP has brought its tender offer for shares of Japan's chipmaking equipment Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc to a successful end, the Nikkei reported on Friday, citing sources.

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BRIEF-KKR Has Brought Its Tender Offer For Shares Of Hitachi Kokusai Electric To A Close - Nikkei‍​

* KOHLBERG KRAVIS ROBERTS HAS BROUGHT ITS TENDER OFFER FOR SHARES OF HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC TO A CLOSE - NIKKEI‍​

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Nikkei rises helped by gains in real estate, chip-related cos; Nikkei flat on week

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Friday on gains for most sectors after Wall Street climbed overnight, while Japan Display jumped on hopes that Apple may use liquid crystal technology on one of its new smartphones.

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Nikkei rises, real estate and chip-related firms lead; JDI soars

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Friday morning on gains for most sectors after Wall Street climbed overnight, while Japan Display jumped on hopes that Apple may use liquid crystal technology on one of its new smartphones.

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December Nikkei futures and options seen settling at 22,590.66 - sources

TOKYO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Nikkei futures and options contracts expiring in December were forecast to settle at 22,590.66, market participants said on Friday, citing estimates by brokerages.

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Nikkei rebounds on bargain-hunting, mining sector remains weak

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average ended higher on Thursday, taking back some ground lost in the previous session as investors snapped up bargains after the benchmark index skidded its most in 8-1/2 months The Nikkei finished up 1.45 percent, or 320.99 points, at 22,498.03, following its biggest fall since March the previous day, when it broke key technical support at its 25-day moving average.

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Nikkei rebounds on bargain-hunting, but mining sector weak

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday, taking back some ground lost in the previous session as investors sought bargains after the benchmark index skidded its most in 8-1/2 months The Nikkei ended morning trade up 1.27 percent, or 280.70 points, at 22,457.74, following its biggest fall since March the previous day, after it broke key technical support at its 25-day moving average.

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Bain gets almost 90 pct of Japan's Asatsu-DK in tender offer -Nikkei

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital has garnered nearly 90 percent of Japanese advertising agency Asatsu-DK Inc's (ADK) shares in a tender offer that closed on Wednesday, the Nikkei business daily reported.

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BRIEF-Advantest Corp's FY 2018 Operating Profit To Reach 20 Bln Yen - Nikkei

* ADVANTEST CORP'S OPERATING PROFIT IS SEEN REACHING 20 BILLION YEN ($178 MILLION) IN FISCAL 2018 - NIKKEI

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Nikkei in worst fall for 8 1/2 months, Middle East concerns weigh

* Investors rush to take profits after break of 25-day average

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks hit 2-mth low as risk sentiment sours broadly

* Nikkei drops 2 pct, copper slide hits non-ferrous metal sector

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Japan's Nikkei posts biggest fall since late March

TOKYO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell 2 percent on Wednesday, its biggest percentage drop since late March, with selling accelerating after a break of a key technical support level from its 25-day moving average.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks stumble on Wall Street losses, dollar sags

* Nikkei drops 0.9 pct, copper slide hits non-ferrous metal sector

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Nikkei slips below 25-day average, materials sag

TOKYO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Wednesday, falling below its 25-day moving average almost for the first time since September, as materials, shippers and other cyclical shares came under pressure.

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Nikkei slips as tech shares follow U.S. counterparts down

TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Tuesday with semiconductor equipment manufacturers' stocks hit by weakness in U.S. tech shares overnight, undercutting gains for banks and brokerages.

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Nikkei falls hit by tech shares, offsets gains in financials

TOKYO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Tuesday morning with semiconductor equipment manufacturers' stocks hit by weakness in U.S. tech shares overnight, undercutting gains in financial stocks as banks and brokers.

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Nikkei falls after weakness in large cap stocks, tech shares weigh

TOKYO, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday with weakness in large-cap stocks such as Fanuc and SoftBank taking a toll, while tech shares also lost ground, offsetting gains in retail stocks which rose on strong monthly sales.

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Nikkei edges lower after weakness in large cap stocks weigh

TOKYO, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged lower on Monday morning with weakness in large-cap stocks such as Fanuc and SoftBank taking a toll, offsetting gains in retail stocks which rose on strong monthly sales.

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Nikkei rises for 3rd day; Sharp soars

TOKYO, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose for a third straight day on Friday, led by oil, steel and machinery stocks, while Sharp Corp soared after it announced a return to the bourse's main board.

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Nikkei edges down in choppy trade; Sharp soars

TOKYO, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Friday morning, trimming earlier gains in choppy trade and led lower by real estate stocks, though Sharp Corp soared after it announced a return to the bourse's main board.

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BRIEF-Nippon Paint Would Likely Spend Over 1 Trillion Yen for Axalta - Nikkei‍​

* NIPPON PAINT HOLDINGS WOULD LIKELY SPEND MORE THAN 1 TRILLION YEN ($8.91 BILLION) TO MAKE AXALTA COATING SYSTEMS A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY - NIKKEI‍​ Source text: (http://s.nikkei.com/2j52DRn) Further company coverage:

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Dialog shares tank on report Apple to design own power chips

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Apple is designing its own power-management chips for use in iPhones as early as 2018, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday, triggering a more than 20 percent slide in shares of supplier Dialog Semiconductor.

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Apple to design its own power chips as early as 2018: Nikkei

(Reuters) - Apple Inc is designing its own main power management chips for use in iPhones as early as in 2018, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday citing sources.

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Nikkei rises to 3-week high; financial stocks advance

TOKYO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a three-week high on Thursday as gains by financial stocks offset weakness in tech shares following a drop by their U.S. counterparts overnight.

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Nikkei dips as tech shares succumb to U.S. sell-off

TOKYO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged lower on Thursday in choppy trade as tech shares fell sharply following a drop in their U.S. counterparts overnight, offsetting gains in banking shares.

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Nikkei rises, led by banks, financials; shrugs off North Korean missile launch

TOKYO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday as banks and financial shares tracked their U.S. counterparts higher, shrugging off another North Korean missile launch.

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Nikkei rises, led by banks, financials

TOKYO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Wednesday as banks and financial shares tracked their U.S. counterparts higher, shrugging off another North Korean missile launch.

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Nikkei dips in choppy trade; Toray drops, defence-equipment shares up

TOKYO, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dipped on Tuesday in choppy trade, with Toray Industries diving after it said a subsidiary had falsified data, while concerns North Korea might launch more missiles lifted stocks linked to defence.

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Nikkei rises in choppy trade; defence-equipment shares up, but Toray dives

TOKYO, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average climbed on Tuesday in choppy trade, with stocks connected to defence buoyed by concerns North Korea may launch a missile, while Toray Industries dived after it said a subsidiary had falsified data.

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Nikkei falls as higher yen, China market woes knock sentiment; Nintendo soars

TOKYO, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday in choppy trade after a slightly stronger yen sapped investors' risk appetite, sending stocks such as chip-related firms lower.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks hit by China, S.Korea weakness, euro at 2-mth high

* MSCI Asia-Pacific index down 0.85 pct, Nikkei sheds 0.3 pct

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Nikkei falls in choppy trade, chip-related stocks underperform

TOKYO, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday morning in choppy trade after a slightly stronger yen sapped investors' risk appetite, sending stocks such as chip-related firms lower.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks slip as China, S.Korea weakness weigh, euro hits 2-mth high

* MSCI Asia-Pacific index down 0.65 pct, Nikkei sheds 0.3 pct

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Nikkei recoups losses on hopes BOJ will buy more ETFs, Mitsubishi Materials dives

TOKYO, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei recouped early losses and ended slightly higher on Friday as expectations that the Bank Of Japan would buy more exchange-traded funds offset drops in automakers.

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Nikkei eases as automakers drag, Mitsubishi Materials dives

TOKYO, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday morning after exporters such as automakers were sold, while Mitsubishi Materials dived after it said its subsidiaries falsified data.

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Nikkei rises to near 2-week high before holiday as large-caps gain

TOKYO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near two-week high on Wednesday, buoyed by gains in large-cap stocks such as SoftBank and Fanuc, and financial companies as global growth hopes lifted the mood across world markets.

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Nikkei buoyed by large-cap stocks on global rally

TOKYO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Wednesday morning, buoyed by gains in large-cap stocks such as SoftBank, Fanuc and financial companies as global growth hopes lifted the mood across world markets.

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Nikkei up on large-cap rally, automakers and banks shine

TOKYO, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Tuesday after large cap stocks such as automakers and manufacturers of factory automation equipment rallied, while North Korean tensions supported defence-related shares.

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Nikkei up on large-cap rally, N. Korea tensions lift defence-related stocks

TOKYO, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Tuesday morning after large cap stocks such as automakers and manufacturers of factory automation equipment rallied, with North Korea tensions supporting defence-related shares.

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Nikkei falls as drops in chip-related stocks, financials weigh

TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday amid losses on Wall Street and a stronger yen, while semiconductor equipment manufacturers and financial stocks underperformed.

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Nikkei falls on weaker Wall St, strong yen, bargain hunting curbs losses

TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday amid losses on Wall Street and a stronger yen, although bargain hunting limited the losses.

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Nikkei rises to 1-week high but breaks 9-week winning streak

TOKYO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a one-week high on Friday, helped by gains in most sectors while chip-related stocks such as Sumco and Tokyo Electron outperformed.

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CORRECTED-Nikkei rises to more than 1-week high; chip-related stocks outperform

TOKYO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a more than one-week high on Friday morning, helped by shares in most sectors while chip-related stocks such as Sumco and Tokyo Electron outperformed.

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Nikkei rises to more than 2-week high; chip-related stocks outperform

TOKYO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a more than two-week high on Friday morning, helped by shares in most sectors while chip-related stocks such as Sumco and Tokyo Electron outperformed.

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Toshiba in talks to sell PC operations to Asus: Nikkei‍​

(Reuters) - Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp has entered into negotiations to sell its personal computer operations to Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc, the Nikkei reported on Friday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks rise along with dollar, investors eye tax vote

* Nikkei rallies on bargain-hunting after 6-day losing streak

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Europe's longest stocks sell-off of the year abates

* Nikkei rallies on bargain-hunting after 6-day losing streak

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares gain despite Wall St weakness, dollar edges higher

* Nikkei rallies on bargain-hunting after 6-day losing streak

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Nikkei ends 6-day losing streak; SoftBank, Shiseido gain

TOKYO, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday, as buyers stepped back in for bargains following six straight days of losses, with SoftBank gaining after a report that it plans to invest as much as $25 billion in Saudi Arabia.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares gain despite Wall St slip, dollar edges higher

* Nikkei rallies on bargain-hunting after 6-day losing streak

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Nikkei bounces after six-day losing streak, SoftBank gains

TOKYO, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday as buyers stepped back in for bargains following six straight days of losses, with SoftBank gaining after a report that it plans to invest as much as $25 billion in Saudi Arabia.

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Nikkei drops after all sectors weak; foreigners, retail investors lock in profits

TOKYO, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a two-week low on Wednesday, with all sectors in negative territory as investors took profits following a two-month rally that pushed up the market by about 20 percent.

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Kobe Steel's Hatano plant to lose all JIS certifications: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - A unit of Kobe Steel is set to lose all of its Japan Industrial Standards (JIS) certifications at its Hatano plant, including one already revoked last month, the Nikkei reported on Wednesday.

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Nikkei drops to 2-week low as foreigners, retail investors lock in profits

TOKYO, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to a two-week low on Wednesday morning, with most sectors in negative territory as investors took profit on a rally that pushed local stocks about 20 percent higher over the past two months.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks slip as oil woes sap sentiment, euro stands tall

* MSCI Asia-Pacific index down 0.16 pct, Nikkei loses 0.8 pct

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Nikkei ends flat after choppy trade; tech shares rise

TOKYO, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average ended little changed on Tuesday in choppy trade, with semiconductor equipment makers attracting buyers while Mizuho Financial Group fell on downbeat earnings.

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Nikkei edges up in choppy trade; tech shares gain

TOKYO, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Tuesday morning in choppy trade, with semiconductor equipment makers attracting buyers, while Mizuho Financial Group fell on dismal earnings.

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BRIEF-Chugai Pharma considering selling production rights of some medications to Taiyo - Nikkei

* Chugai Pharma considering selling production, sales rights of some 15 medications with expired patents to Taiyo Holdings for about 20 billion yen - Nikkei Source text : (http://s.nikkei.com/2iRwewI) Further company coverage:

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Nikkei drops to near 2-week low; real estate, brokers weak

TOKYO, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei dropped to a near two-week low on Monday as many sectors, including real estate and brokerage firms, languished after recent rallies, offsetting gains in companies with strong results such as Nissin Foods.

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Nikkei drops to 1-week low; real estate, brokers weak

TOKYO, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei dropped to a one-week low on Monday morning as many sectors including real estate firms and brokers languished after a recent rally, offsetting gains in companies with strong results such as Nissin Foods.

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Nikkei drops amid tech share weakness, Toshiba hit

TOKYO, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday, with tech shares hurt after a drop by their U.S. counterparts, while Toshiba Corp stumbled on dilution fears after reports it will issue new shares to raise funds.

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Nikkei tumbles, hit by weakness in tech shares; Toshiba dives

TOKYO, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell sharply on Friday morning hit by drops in tech shares after their U.S. counterparts languished overnight, while Toshiba Corp stumbled on dilution fears after media reported it will issue new shares to raise funds.

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Asia stocks stay near highs, though Tokyo slides; dollar slips

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asia stocks stayed closed to a decade-long peak on Thursday following another record-breaking day on Wall Street, though Japan's Nikkei slid back from a 26-year high in volatile trading, hit by profit-taking.

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Japan's Nikkei, Topix hit multi-decade peaks as global stocks charge higher

TOKYO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Japan's Topix index rose to a 26-year high on Thursday, while the Nikkei share average broke the 23,000 level for the first time since January 1992 as financial and securities shares rallied.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks near decade highs on buoyant Wall St, kiwi rallies

* MSCI Asia-Pac index near 10-yr high, Nikkei highest since 1992

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Japan's Topix index hits near 11-year high on strong earnings hopes

TOKYO, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Japan's Topix index hit a near 11-year high on Wednesday as foreign investors continued to pile in on strong earnings hopes for Japan Inc., though the Nikkei edged down from a near 26-year high on profit-taking.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks notch succession of highs, China trade data mixed

* Range of Asia stock indices make new peaks, Nikkei consolidates

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Nikkei falls on profit-taking, financials weigh, Toyota bucks trend

TOKYO, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Wednesday morning from the previous session's near 26-year high as investors took their profits, dragging on financial and mining stocks.

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Nikkei jumps to near 26-year high as strong earnings expectations attract foreigners

TOKYO, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei index jumped to a near 26-year-high on Tuesday, as foreign investors piled in on expectations of strong earnings from Japan Inc., while Wall Street's strength underpinned sentiment.

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Nikkei jumps to near 26-year high as foreigners buy on strong earnings hopes

TOKYO, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei index jumped to a near 26-year-high on Tuesday morning, as foreign investors piled in on expectations of strong earnings from Japan Inc., while Wall Street's strength underpinned sentiment.

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Japan's Nikkei tops 22,750.70 to hit highest level since 1992

TOKYO, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei jumped to a level not seen since 1992 on Tuesday morning as foreign investors chased the market higher on hopes for strong earnings from Japan Inc.

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BRIEF-Secom's group net profit is seen coming at around 42 bln yen for half ended in Sept.- Nikkei‍​

* Secom Co Ltd's group net profit is seen coming at around 42 billion Yen in the half ended in September - Nikkei‍​

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Nikkei ends flat as banks' weakness offset Fast Retailing's gains

TOKYO, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Monday as weakness in the banking sector offset gains in index-heavy Fast Retailing, while Subaru tumbled after the company cut its annual profit forecasts.

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CORRECTED-Nikkei at 21-year high; Fast Retailing jumps on sales

TOKYO, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average touched a 21-year high on Monday as strong gains in the mining sector and shares such as clothing company Fast Retailing Co offset banking sector weakness.

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Nikkei at 21-year high; Fast Retailing jumps on sales

TOKYO, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average touched a 21-year high on Monday as strong gains in the mining sector and shares such as clothing company Fast Retailing Co offset banking sector weakness.

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Nikkei climbs to new 21-year peak; Honda, Sony shine

TOKYO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average extended its strong rally to top a new 21-year peak on Thursday, ahead of a long weekend, with investors piling into miners and companies such as Honda Motor and Sony on robust earnings prospects.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rise on Fed optimism, sterling firms on expected BOE hike

* Nikkei edges down from 21-year highs ahead of Japan holiday

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Nikkei at 21-year high; Honda, Sony up on earnings boost

TOKYO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average extended its strong rally to top a new 21-year peak on Thursday morning, with the mining sector getting a boost while buyers continued to pile into companies such as Honda Motor and Sony on robust earnings prospects.

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BRIEF-Mitsubishi's group net profit will likely rise 9 pct for year ending in March - Nikkei‍​

* Mitsubishi Corp's group net profit will likely rise 9 percent to roughly 480 billion yen ($4.2 billion) for the year ending in March - Nikkei‍​ Source text : [http://s.nikkei.com/2ilslQG] Further company coverage:

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Nikkei advances to 21-yr high, robust earnings brighten mood

TOKYO, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks yet again scaled a 21-year high on Wednesday, cheered by booming profits for Japan Inc. including exporters such as Sony and Nitto Denko.

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Nikkei jumps to 21-yr high on earnings boost from Sony, other exporters

TOKYO, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks scaled a fresh 21-year high on Wednesday morning, cheered by booming profits for Japan Inc. including exporters such as Sony and Nitto Denko.

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REFILE-Nikkei flat as BOJ decision shows optimism but SoftBank's drop weighs

* BOJ's decision to keep ETF purchase unchanged relieves market - analyst

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Nikkei flat as BOJ decision shows optimism but SoftBank's drop weighs

* BOJ's decision to keep ETF purchase unchanged relives market - analyst

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Nikkei slips, as tax talk rattles Wall Street

TOKYO, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Tuesday, taking its cue from losses on Wall Street after a report that U.S. lawmakers are discussing more gradual corporate tax cuts rather than reducing it more aggressively.

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BRIEF-Sumitomo Realty & Development sales likely rose 6% for April-Sept period‍​ - Nikkei

* Sumitomo Realty & Development appears to have lifted pretax profit to just over 100 billion yen ($879 million) in the April-September period‍​ - Nikkei

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UPDATE 1-Japan's SoftBank calling off talks to merge Sprint, T-Mobile - Nikkei

Oct 30 (Reuters) - Japan's SoftBank Group Corp is planning to break off negotiations on a merger between subsidiary Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc due to a failure to agree on ownership of the combined company, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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Apple suppliers jump in Japan but weak financials leave Nikkei flat

TOKYO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average made little headway in choppy trade on Monday, with gains in suppliers to Apple Inc offset by selling in financials and caution ahead of major central bank meetings this week.

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Kobe Steel to withdraw earnings forecast after data scandal: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - Embattled Kobe Steel Ltd has decided to withdraw its forecast for the current financial year as it struggles to quantify the impact of its data falsification scandal, the Nikkei business daily reported on Monday.

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Nikkei edges lower, financials offset gains in Apple suppliers

TOKYO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged down in choppy trade on Monday morning as falls in financials countered gains in Apple suppliers after shares in the iPhone maker soared on Friday.

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Kobe Steel to withdraw its full-year earnings forecast: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - Kobe Steel Ltd has decided to withdraw its forecast for current financial year, the Nikkei business daily reported on Monday, as it struggles to quantify the impact of its data falsification scandal.

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Nikkei hits 21-year high as banks, tech stocks firm

TOKYO, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average surged more than 1 percent to a fresh 21-year high on Friday, led by banking shares as U.S. yields remained high and by tech shares after their U.S. counterparts posted strong earnings.

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Nikkei resumes climb to new 21-year high, helped by banks, tech firms

TOKYO, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose 1 percent to a 21-year high on Friday, led by banking shares as U.S. yields remained high and by tech shares after their U.S. counterparts posted strong earnings.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Euro edges up with ECB decision in focus, Asian stocks flat

* MSCI Asia-Pacific index little changed, Nikkei adds 0.15 pct