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Tokyo: Shares end flat, energy stocks slump on oil price drop

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[TOKYO] Tokyo shares closed flat on Thursday as investors weighed news that a US interest rate hike was increasingly likely, while energy stocks tanked after oil prices tumbled from six-month highs.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange ticked up 0.01 per cent, or 1.97 points, to close at 16,646.66, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares lost 0.14 per cent, or 1.82 points, to 1,336.56.


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