June 3, 2014 / 7:03 AM / 3 years ago

Nikkei rises to fresh two-month high

Employees of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) look at a monitor at the bourse at the TSE in Tokyo March 3, 2014.Issei Kato/Files

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average closed at a fresh two-month high after investors took heart from upbeat U.S. manufacturing data, while the weaker yen spurred buying in exporters and index-heavyweight stocks such as SoftBank Corp.

The Nikkei ended 0.7 percent higher at 15,034.25, the highest closing level since April 4.

The broader Topix gained 0.7 percent to 1,228.59, while the new JPX-Nikkei Index 400 added 0.7 percent to 11,192.47.

Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Richard Borsuk

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