Nikkei ends flat as profit-taking tempers Fed optimism

Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:12am EDT

TOKYO, April 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average
ended flat in choppy trade on Thursday as profit-taking from the
previous day's large gains offset optimism that the U.S. Federal
Reserve will keep  interest rates low for an extended period.
    The Nikkei share average ended flat at 14,417.53
after a volatile session that saw the index move between
positive and negative territories. Earlier in the day, it hit a
one-week high of 14,500.66.
    The broader Topix and the new JPX-Nikkei Index 400
 also ended flat at 1,166.59 and 10,614.69,
respectively.

 (Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
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