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Share prices on the Tokyo Stock Exchange were erratic Friday, with the Nikkei average at one point swooping to within a hair of the key 16,000 barrier but eventually logging a slight rise over the previous day. The index closed at 16,458.94, up 94.00 points.

In morning trading, prices plunged on sliding stock prices in New York, falling as low as 16,082.32. It recovered slightly to end the morning at 16,150.15. The New York plunge reminded players that the downward spiral of the world’s stock markets has yet to end.

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