Nikkei hits 21-month high; posts best annual gain in 7 years

Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:36am IST

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TOKYO, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average rose to a
21-month high on Friday, posting its best yearly gain since 2005
on the last trading day of the year as exporters were buoyed by
a weaker yen on expectations of aggressive monetary stimulus
under new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
    The Nikkei advanced 0.7 percent to 10,395.18,
touching its highest level since March 10, 2011. The broader
Topix index gained 0.7 percent to 859.80.