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Japan stocks edge down as markets await Greek deal

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Japanese stocks meandered around the break-even line in early Tuesday trading, as investors awaited word from Europe on a new Greek bailout deal. The Nikkei Stock Average


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slipped 0.2% after briefly trading positive, while the Topix slipped 0.1%. With the U.S. markets closed for holiday, and European finance ministers extending their meeting on approving Greek aid, share moves were mild, though a few resource stocks managed to outperform. Inpex Corp.


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+0.52%






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rose 0.4%, extending its gains, even after Nymex crude moved off its nine-month high above $105 a barrel. JFE Holdings Inc.


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fell 1.8% after sharp gains in the previous session, but rival Nippon Steel Corp.


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traded flat, and Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd.


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gained 0.6%. Blue-chip tech exporters were mostly softer, as Sony Corp.


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fell 0.5%, Sharp Corp.


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lost 1.6%and Panasonic Corp.


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retreated by 1.8%.

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