March 27, 2013 / 6:19 AM / 5 years ago

Nikkei ends higher in choppy trade; ex-div factor limits gains

TOKYO, March 27 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average edged up
in a choppy session on Wednesday after many shares went
ex-dividend, offsetting the boost to sentiment from Wall
Street's data-led gains.
    The benchmark Nikkei closed 0.2 percent higher at
12,493.79 after moving in and out of positive territory
throughout the session. The index is 1.2 percent below a 4-1/2
year high of 12,650.26 struck last Thursday.
    The broader Topix gained 0.2 percent to 1,046.47 in
light trade.

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