Nikkei hits 21-month high, set for best yearly rise since 2005

Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:10am GMT

TOKYO, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average rose to a
21-month high in early trade on Friday, on track to log its best
yearly gain since 2005, buoyed by a weaker yen on expectations
of aggressive monetary stimulus under new Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe.
    The Nikkei advanced 0.9 percent to 10,409.05, rising
for the fourth straight session. The benchmark Nikkei is up 23
percent this year.
    The broader Topix index gained 0.7 percent to
859.72.
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