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Nikkei index capped below the 15000 points mark

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Mixed results today in the Asia-Pacific local share markets, with Nikkei having a negative day after posting a fresh 5-year high above the 15150 points mark at the open, highest since late 2007. Even though good GDP results for Japan released today, best in over a year, and relative Yen strength, with USD/JPY supported at the 102 handle, the Nikkei index is last at fresh session lows near the 14900 points, down -1.08%.

The big winner of the session though is the Korean Kospi that gains +0.88%, while Hong-Kong's Hang-Seng is also in the positive by a small +0.16%. Shanghai is in the positive too, up +0.26%. In the negative side, Australian ASX is down -0.11%, while US futures remain unchanged, following another fresh all time record high.

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