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Japan's Nikkei index hits 26-year high


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The Nikkei index of 225 leading Japanese shares reached its highest level for 26 years at the end of trading on Tuesday.

It added 0.6% to its value to end at 23,849.99 when the markets reopened following a holiday on Monday – its highest level since November 1991.

The index was helped by gains on Wall Street during the holiday.

Meanwhile, shares in Samsung fell by 3.11% after the tech company announced its fourth-quarter earnings guidance.

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