Nikkei up 1.9 pct to close at highest since March 11 quake

 TOKYO, April 8 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average jumped 1.9
percent to close at the highest level since the March 11
earthquake on Friday as a 24 percent gain in Tokyo Electric
Power Co , the operator of a stricken nuclear plant,
became a factor in encouraging active short-covering.	
 Robust buy-backs were led by participants including
commodity trading advisers in the Nikkei futures market, with
gains in commodities prices and the yen's extended falls against
the euro also bolstering overall sentiment, traders said.	
 The benchmark Nikkei closed up 1.9 percent or 177.15
points at 9,768.08, its highest close since March 11 and biggest
percentage gain for a single day since March 30.	
 The broader Topix ended up 1.4 percent or 12.03
points at 853.13.	
	
 (Reporting by Chikafumi Hodo; Editing by Michael Watson)	
 

Nikkei up 1.9 pct to close at highest since March 11 quake