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Tokyo: Stocks close higher, extending global gains


[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks ended firmly higher Wednesday, extending a rally on Wall Street and in Europe, while Sony advanced more than six per cent after investors shrugged off a weak profit forecast.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rallied 1.57 per cent, or 258.59 points, to close at 16,757.35, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares climbed 1.23 per cent, or 16.38 points, to 1,342.88.