Nikkei hits fresh 5 1/2-yr high on weak yen, upbeat U.S. data

Sun May 19, 2013 8:07pm EDT

TOKYO, May 20 (Reuters) - The Nikkei share average extended
its record-breaking run and hit a fresh 5-1/2 year high on
Monday morning, as further weakness in the yen and signs of an
improving U.S. economy bolstered prospects for higher Japanese
corporate earnings in the current business year.
    The Nikkei rose 1.0 percent to 15,287.59, the
highest since December 2007.
    The broader Topix added 1.0 percent to 1,265.21.
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