TOKYO, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Nikkei closed 1.39 percent lower Thursday after hitting a 52-month high in the previous day as investors sold a range of recent gainers amid the yen's renewed strength.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average plunged 159.15 points, or 1. 39 percent, from Wednesday at 11,309.13.
The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 10.84 points, or 1.11 percent, at 962.86.
Decliners were led by insurance, nonferrous metals and steel companies, while only miscellaneous products and airlines were the gainers.
The turnover was about 1,783.4 billion yen (about 19.08 billion U.S. dollars).