Nikkei rises ahead of Fed, but fails to break 9,000

Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:08am EDT

TOKYO, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average rose on
Thursday to end just below the key psychological 9,000-mark on
mounting expectation of fresh stimulus from the U.S. Federal
Reserve, with big gains for shippers and Apple suppliers buoying
the market.
    The Nikkei advanced 0.4 percent to 8,995.15, but
faced resistance at its 200-day moving average at 8,998.64. 
    The broader Topix index added 0.3 percent to 744.23.
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