Japan Shares Close Little Changed as Crude Oil Rises, Yen Gains

  • Brent crude exceeds $50 a barrel, highest in seven months
  • Optimism grows U.S. economy can handle higher interest rates

Japan’s Topix index closed little changed, with energy explorers leading gains and shippers falling as crude oil exceeded $50 a barrel and the yen halted two days of losses against the dollar.

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