The Nikkei stock average closed higher Tuesday but lost about 100 points in the last three minutes of trading after bomb threats were made against two top hotels in Tokyo. Police later determined the threats were pranks.

The 225-issue Nikkei closed the day 175.47 points, or 1.85 percent, higher at 9,679.88 after touching an intraday high of 9,945.80 in the afternoon. The broader Tokyo Stock Price Index of all first section issues gained 16.64 points, or 1.67 percent, to close at 1,013.09.

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