Japan's Nikkei rises above 20,000 level, Europe stocks down

April 22, 2015 9:28 AM

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Japan's stock benchmark closed above the 20,000-level for the first time in 15 years Wednesday, encouraged by the country's first monthly trade surplus since 2012. European stocks fell on uncertainty about whether Greece will stay in the euro.

KEEPING SCORE: European markets rose at the open but then surrendered gains as jitters about the possibility of a Greek default and exit from the euro reared again. France's CAC 40 fell 0.8 percent to 5,154.77 and Germany's DAX dropped 0.8 percent to 11,841.72. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.8 percent to...

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