Nikkei rises for 5th day as risk appetites stay solid

Reuters Tokyo | Updated on January 17, 2018 Published on July 01, 2016

Japan’s Nikkei share average rose on Friday for a fifth day as bargain-hunting continued and risk appetites remained solid after US and European shares gained.

The Nikkei gained 0.8 per cent to 15,701.61 in midmorning trade.

Japanese stocks have erased about the half of their losses in the wake of Britain’s shock vote a week ago to leave the European Union.

For the week, the Nikkei has jumped 4.9 per cent, the biggest weekly gain since mid-April.

“Excessive fears for the global economy have receded,” said Takuya Takahashi, a strategist at Daiwa Securities, adding that he does not see Britain’s vote to leave the European Union as leading to a global financial crisis.

Shares of securities firm gained ground, with Nomura Holdings rising 2.8 per cent and Daiwa Securities advancing 1.2 per cent.

Exporters were steady, with Toyota Motor Corp gaining 1.4 per cent and Nissan Motor Co adding 1.1 per cent.

The tumble after the Brexit vote a week ago put bellwether stocks such as Toyota and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group below their book values, and some of them remain there. well.

“Once investors’ risk-averse stance recedes (completely), these blue-chip exporters’ cheap valuations and high dividend yields will likely be reviewed by investors,” Mutsumi Kagawa, senior global strategist at Rakuten Securities, wrote in a report published on Friday.

Oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan underperformed, tumbling more than 5 per cent after SMBC Nikko Securities cut its rating to ‘neutral’ from 'outperform' in the wake of the latest news that its founding family is opposed to the planned merger with Showa Shell Sekiyu.

The broader Topix gained 0.8 per cent to 1,255.83 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 0.8 per cent to 11,335.13.

Published on July 01, 2016
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