Japan stocks close higher on Tuesday

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Tokyo, Feb 16 (IANS) Japan stocks reversed losses made in early trade to close higher on Tuesday, as a firm showing overnight on European bourses lifted the sentiment.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 31.85 points, or 0.20 percent, from Monday to close at 16,054.43, Xinhua reported.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, finished 4.78 points, or 0.37 percent, higher at 1,297.01.

The day’s notable gainers comprised insurance, real estate, and iron and coal-linked stocks.

The turnover for the day was 2,884.8 billion yen ($25.15 billion).

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