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Nikkei plunges, briefly falls below 15,000 for 1st time since mid-Nov.

January 26, 2014

TOKYO , Jan. 27 -- ( Kyodo ) _ Tokyo shares fell almost across the board Monday, sending the Nikkei index below the 15,000 threshold temporarily for the first time since mid-November, as a sell-off in emerging market currencies prompted investors to flee riskier assets. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended down 385.83 points, or 2.51 percent, from Friday at 15,005.73, after falling to as low as 14,933.55. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 35.37 points, or 2.80 percent, lower at 1,229.23. All of the 33 sector indexes fell, with insurance, steel and real estate shares drawing heavy selling in particular.

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Source: Japan Economic Newswire

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