Nikkei up again as large firms rise

<p>The Nikkei has had a strong start to the week.</p>

The Nikkei has risen again today (July 23rd), boosted by gains for some of the largest firms on the index.

Following on from the 0.5 per cent increase recorded by the index on Monday, it expanded by 0.8 per cent to 14,778.51 at the end of the session.

According to a report by Reuters, this represented a comeback of sorts for the index, as it had fallen to as low as 14,549.06 in early trade.

The broader Topix index also had a successful day, as it closed the session 0.5 per cent higher than at the start of the session, ending at 1,222.72.

SoftBank Corp and Sony Corp were among the big hitters on the Nikkei index to have performed well and sent the value of the stock index rising today.

The Nikkei looks to be on course for its sixth weekly rise in a row after enjoying a strong start to the week.

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