Nikkei down 0.4 pct as Yellen sours mood, softer yen helps contain losses


* Yellen spooks investors by suggesting an earlier start to Fed rate hikes * Foreigners sold record 1.09 trillion yen in Japan shares last week * Real estate shares fall on profit-taking By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, March 20 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks retreated from one-week highs on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen raised the prospect of interest rate hikes starting earlier than previously thought, sparking a selloff in equity markets and lifting the U.S. ...


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