Tokyo markets see volatile day after BOJ tweaks ultraeasy policy


Tokyo’s financial markets saw a volatile day Friday as investors digested the Bank of Japan’s decision to tweak its ultraloose monetary policy by allowing long-term yields to be more flexible.

The Nikkei index ended modestly lower after briefly plunging over 2 percent, while the U.S. dollar briefly sank to near the 138 yen line after climbing to as high as around the 141 yen line.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average finished down 131.93 points, or 0.40 percent, from Thursday at 32,759.23. The broader Topix index finished 4.53 points, or 0.20 percent, lower at 2,290.61.

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