LOS ANGELES – Stocks in Japan jumped Wednesday in early trade, with the benchmark index winning back part of losses during the previous day's selloff. The Nikkei Stock Average rose 1.6% to 15,665.47, and the broader Topix gained 1.3%, aided as the U.S. dollar traded back above the 104-level against the yen. Auto shares bounced up, with Mazda Motor Corp. higher by 2.2% and Honda Motor Co. rising by 0.9%. Toshiba Corp. shares leapt 3.5% after the Westinghouse unit of the company agreed to buy a majority stake in NuGen, a U.K. nuclear joint venture between France's GDF Suez and Spain's Iberdrola [es: ibe].
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