Nikkei climbs on Fed comment; strong U.S. results

Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:10pm EDT

TOKYO, April 26 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average
opened higher on Thursday, spurred by U.S. corporate earnings
and comments from the Federal Reserve that it is open to more
bond purchases to aid the world's largest economy if necessary.	
    The benchmark Nikkei was up 0.5 percent at 9,609.60
in early deals, moving closer to its 13-week moving average near
9,634. The broader Topix index added 0.5 percent to
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