The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average shed 455.49 points, or 2.99 percent, from Thursday to 14,776.88, after hitting a morning low of 14,753.84, its lowest intraday level since
The market was hit by massive selling from the outset of the morning session, following poor performances of U.S and major European shares the previous day due to concerns over
The yen's firmness against the U.S. dollar and the euro also cooled investor sentiment, said
Investors' risk-averse mood intensified after U.S. President
On the First Section, falling shares outnumbered rising ones by 1,629 to 131, while 57 ended the morning unchanged.
All sectors ended the morning session lower, led by nonferrous metal, precision machinery and consumer finance shares.
Export-oriented automakers and high-tech companies were battered by the firmer yen, leading the market's drop.
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