In currency trading, the euro rose to $1.2986 from $1.2977 late Wednesday in New York. The dollar slipped to 78.05 yen from 78.07 yen.
Concerns that lenders may soon have to pay even more to park reserves with the Japanese central bank weigh on the stocks.
The Lucky Country has now gone a quarter of a century without a recession. A Teflon-coated economy indeed.
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