Nikkei edges up, banks lead gains on earnings optimism

Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:11am EST

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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