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Tokyo investors' risk appetite ebbs as speculators hold sway

TOKYO -- General investors in the Tokyo equities market are increasingly bearish amid worries over the Chinese economy and the planned U.S. interest rate hike, while speculators are stepping up short-term trading, keeping the market volatile.

     The Nikkei Stock Average remained twitchy Monday. The index slid more than 300 points from Friday's closing on negative sentiment from the drop in European and U.S. shares late last week, only to then jump more than 500 points above that baseline as the Shanghai market opened with narrow movements. The Nikkei average finally ended 0.38% higher at 17,860.

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