Nikkei falls to 2-month low on N. Korea worries

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The benchmark Nikkei average plunged to the lowest closing level in more than two months on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, weighed down by the yen’s ascent and weaker U.S. equities amid growing geopolitical tensions over North Korea.

The 225-issue Nikkei average dived 257.30 points, or 1.29 percent, to close at 19,738.71, hitting its lowest finish since May 31.

The TOPIX index of all first-section issues ended down 17.42 points, or 1.07 percent, at 1,617.90.

Stocks stayed in negative territory from the outset of Wednesday’s trading, after the yen’s strengthening against the dollar and the overnight fall on Wall Street.Speech

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