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The key Nikkei stock index briefly rose past the 10,000 line Thursday for the first time in eight months amid continued optimism about a global economic recovery, although it later lost steam to end the day slightly below the mark.

The 225-issue average lost 10.16 points, or 0.10 percent, from Wednesday to 9,981.33, after rising to as high as 10,022.23 at one point.

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