LOS ANGELES – Japanese stocks popped higher early Wednesday, keying off gains overnight on Wall Street, with additional support from further weakening in the yen against the U.S. dollar. The Nikkei Stock Average rose 0.6% to 15,914.21, and the broader Topix also picked up 0.6%. Financial issues were among advancers, with Mizuho Financial Group Inc. up 0.9% and Daiwa Securities Group Inc. higher by 0.8%. Shares of Seven & I Holdings Co. were also among the Nikkei's best performers, up 4.9% after the 7-Eleven stores operator on Tuesday posted a 32% rise in net profit during nine-month period between March and November.
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