LOS ANGELES – Japanese stocks fell early Tuesday, with trading starting shortly after the Ministry of Finance said the country's current account showed an surplus of �161.5 billion ($1.67 billion) in August, a 63.7% drop from the year-earlier period and below forecasts of �540 billion, according to Dow Jones Newswires. The Nikkei Stock Average fell 66 points, or 0.5%, to 13,786.98, and the broader Topix index fell 0.5% to 1,141.51. Shares of Sharp Corp. lost 1% as the electronics manufacturer's public offering and private placement of new shares this month is set to raise �136.5 billion, roughly �30 billion less than planned. Shares of Japan Airlines Co. fell 1.7% following the carrier’s $9 billion order for jetliners from Airbus, JAL's first order with Airbus. JAL shares climbed 3% on Monday as reports of the deal surfaced.
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