Nikkei drops to 10-week lows; automakers tumble on weaker than expected U.S. sales

TOKYO, April 4 Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday to 10-week lows as the safe-haven yen rose and as automakers tumbled on weaker-than-expected U.S. sales. Financial stocks such as banks and insurers, which seek to boost returns from higher ... ( read original story ...)

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with an upbeat Bank Of Japan survey failing to overcome lingering worries about the outlook for exporters. The Nikkei's gained 0.4 percent to 18,983.23, not so far from a seven-week closing low of 18,909.26 hit last Friday. A closely watched central bank ... ( read original story ...)

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