Nikkei starts week with fall

<p>The Nikkei ended today’s session down by 0.35 per cent.</p>

The Nikkei has continued its struggles in 2014 today (May 12th), with the index recording a fall in its overall value during the Japanese trading session.

It dropped back by 0.35 per cent to close the day down at 14,149.52 as investors continued to be concerned about the ongoing political instability in Ukraine.

The Nikkei fell back by 1.8 per cent over the course of last week and the index has shown no signs of recovery during today's session in Japan.

There were some good news stories on the index at the start of the week though, as the share price of Olympus bucked the downward trend by recording a strong gain. Over the course of Monday's trading period, stocks in the firm rose by nearly five per cent.

It has been a difficult last few months for the Nikkei, which comfortably outperformed global markets including London's FTSE 100 and the S&P 500 in New York during 2013.

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