Nikkei slips from near 5-yr high, securities help limit downside

Thu May 9, 2013 2:09am EDT

TOKYO, May 9 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average fell for the
first time in three sessions on Thursday, with profit-taking
triggering a reversal after gains in the morning session,
although strength in securities shares limited losses.
    The benchmark Nikkei closed down 0.7 percent to
14,191.48, after rising as much as 0.9 percent to 14,409.82,
just off Wednesday's intra-session peak of 14,421.38, its
highest since June 2008.
    The Topix fell 1.1 percent to 1,181.83 on Thursday.
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