September 26, 2012 / 6:06 AM / 5 years ago

REFILE-Nikkei sheds 2 pct, hits 2-wk closing low

TOKYO, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average shed
2 percent on Wednesday, breaking below the key 9,000 level and
hitting a two-week closing low, as a mass of companies went
ex-dividend, while concerns over debt-laden Spain also dampened
sentiment.
    About 55 percent of Topix companies have passed the
deadline for buyers of the stocks to get rights to first-half
dividends.
    The Nikkei ended 184.84 points down at 8,906.70,
breaking below its 25-day moving average at 8,983.84, while the
broader Topix index dropped 2 percent to 742.54.

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