Nikkei hits 8-1/2-month high on LDP win, but utilities fall

Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:08am EST

TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average hit an
8-1/2-month high for a second day on Tuesday, buoyed by a
landslide election win for the conservative Liberal Democratic
Party, although investors took profit on power companies.
    The Nikkei rose 1.0 percent to 9,923.01 after
advancing to as high as 9,967.24, edging closer to the
10,000-mark. The broader Topix index gained 1.1 percent
to 816.85.