Nikkei edges up, banks lead gains on earnings optimism
TOKYO, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The Nikkei share average edged up on Tuesday as investors took heart in a newspaper report that major banks were likely to have significantly larger profits this year, while small caps like bio-chemical stocks attracted buying from retail investors. The Nikkei rose 0.4 percent to 10,866.72, ending 1.2 percent below a 32-month high of 11,002.86 marked on Monday. The broader Topix gained 0.8 percent to 920.76.
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