Currently, the Nikkei is the most widely quoted average of Japanese equities, similar to the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The Nikkei average has deviated sharply from the textbook model of stock averages, which grow at a steady exponential rate. The average hit its all-time high on 29 December , during the peak of the Japanese asset price bubble , when it reached an intra-day high of 38, Subsequently, it lost nearly all these gains, closing at 7, The index continued to drop throughout , eventually bottoming out at The Nikkei started near 10,, hitting a peak of 15, in May.
By , it has reached over 20, mark; marking a gain of over 10, in two years, making it one of the fastest growing stock market indexes in the world. The index is a price-weighted index. As of February , the Nikkei consists of the following companies: Japanese securities identification code in parentheses.
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