Tokyo stocks close mixed on hopes for U.S. economy, ex-dividend selling

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TOKYO, March 30 (Xinhua) — Tokyo stocks closed mixed on Tuesday as investors bought on hopes for the brightening outlook of the U.S. economic recovery, while others sold having already secured year-end dividend payouts.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average added 48.18 points, or 0.16 percent, from Monday to close the day at 29,432.70.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, lost 15.48 points, or 0.78 percent, to finish at 1,977.86.

Air transportation and rubber product issues led notable advancers, while insurance and electric power and gas issues comprised those that declined the most by the close of play. Enditem

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