Nikkei Continues to Slide -- Finspreads

Nikkei Continues to Slide -- Finspreads 
LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 01/23/13 --  Finspreads: Japan's Nikkei
fell for a third consecutive day at the close of trading on Wednesday
(January 23rd), with shares retreating on the back of a stronger yen. 
A stronger yen hit shares in many of the country's exporters, with
Toyota dropping by two per cent, and Nikon slipping by three per
Shippers, security companies, insurers, and steelmakers also saw
their shares fall. 
The drop was the Nikkei's biggest one-day retreat in a week, and took
the market even further away from its 32-month high on January 15th. 
Monday (January 21st) saw Japan's central bank announce an inflation
target of two per cent, also committing itself to an open-ended asset
purchasing program. Such decisions were expected by many in the
market, but there was concern that it would not begin until 2014,
causing the value of the yen to firm. 
At the end of trading in Tokyo, the Nikkei had lost 222.94 points, a
drop of 2.08 per cent, to stand at 10,486.99 points. 
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