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Japanese stocks teeter on edge of fresh turbulence

Upcoming earnings season will prove test of market's precarious balance

A woman struggles against strong winds caused by a typhoon in front of an electronic stock board in Tokyo. Japanese stocks, which have been stable for several weeks, may be in for a ride.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Nikkei Stock Average has seesawed in a narrow range for weeks, too cushioned by a global cash glut to fall, but too held back by the uncertain outlook to take off.

Crises like the coronavirus pandemic have often provided opportunities for buying Japanese blue chips. Yet foreign investors seem to be hesitating. A gauge of expectations of U.S. stock market turbulence may indicate why. 

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