Nikkei index ends at 2.5-month high

The Nikkei stock index closed Wednesday at its highest level in two and a half months, reported Kyodo News.The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 493.92 points, or 1.26 percent, from Tuesday at 39,667.07, the highest closing since 9th April. The broader Topix index finished 15.58 points, or 0.