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Never catch a falling knife -- unless it's got an edge overseas

Companies with strong emerging-market businesses and foreign buyouts weather stock dive

The Nikkei Stock Average plunged 1,071 points Tuesday, or 4.73%, in the biggest single-day decline since June 2016.

TOKYO -- Active investors are braving the global equities rout to choose shares in Japanese companies seeking growth overseas, defying the warning against reaching for stocks on the way down.

The "falling knife" argument came to mind Tuesday as the Nikkei Stock Average dropped 1,071 points, making for nearly 1,900 points lost over three sessions.

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