• Tokyo stocks jump 3.01% in morning trade

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    TOKYO: Tokyo stocks rose 3.01 percent Monday morning on the back of a weaker yen and better-than-expected US jobs data that fuelled hopes the Federal Reserve will hold off cutting back on stimulus.

    The benchmark Nikkei 225 index, which lost 6.51 percent last week, was up 3.01 percent, or 387.69 points, to 13,265.22 by the break. The Topix index of all first-section shares jumped 3.78 percent, or 39.91 points, to 1,096.86.

    Tokyo’s rally was helped by a sharply weakened yen after the US Labor Department said economy added 175,000 jobs in May, though not enough that the Fed was likely to pull back on its easy-money policies.

    The dollar rose to 97.96 yen from 97.56 yen in late Friday in New York and 96.44 yen in Asia on Friday.

    The next indicators out of the United States are retail sales and factory output, which will provide fresh signs about the state of the world’s largest economy.

    “The (jobs) figures were moderate, which reduced concerns over the Fed’s reeling in its bond-buying programme soon,” said Kenji Shiomura, strategist at Daiwa Securities.

    “The yen dropped as risk aversion receded,” Shiomura added.

    A weaker yen tends to help lift Tokyo shares as it helps improve the profitability of Japanese exporters.

    Investors are also keeping an eye on a two-day policy meeting at the Bank of Japan for fresh signs of further policy moves.

    “Players are now anxious to see if the Bank of Japan will announce any changes to current policy” Kenichi Hirano, market advisor at Tachibana Securities, told Dow Jones Newswires.

    Adding to buying sentiment were revised data showing Japan’s economy grew more than expected in the first three months of the year, expanding at an annualised rate of 4.1 percent, up from 3.5 percent.

    The data were likely to lend more support for Tokyo’s efforts at powering the world’s third-largest economy with a sweeping plan that includes structural reforms, big government spending, and aggressive central bank monetary easing.

    Major exporters were higher thanks to the weak yen as Toyota surged 7.11 percent to 5,870 yen, Sony rose 5.87 percent to 1,963 yen and Canon was up 2.51 percent at 3,265 yen.

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