Nikkei rises 2.1 pct to 5-week high on Europe stimulus hopes

Fri Jul 5, 2013 2:21am EDT

TOKYO, July 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose
2.1 percent to a five-week high on Friday after the European
Central Bank and the Bank of England made unexpectedly strong
commitments to easy money policies.
    The benchmark Nikkei added 291.04 points to
14,309.97, the highest closing level since May 29 but trade was
relatively light. The broader Topix index advanced 1.5
percent to 1,188.58.
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