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Tokyo stocks close at fresh two-decade highs

12 Octobre 2017

The Nikkei 225, which hit a 21-year high on Wednesday, rose 0.35 percent, or 73.45 points, to end at 20,954.72, its eighth straight gain.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, added 5.56 points, or 0.33 percent, to 1,702.37. Tokyo stocks opened higher this morning, as the market took heart from a relatively cheaper yen and gains in the USA market, while scandal-hit Kobe Steel fell for a third straight day.

The surveys showing a clear victory for Japan's Liberal Democratic Party led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in elections this month contributed to a weaker yen and pushed up stocks, Mizuho Securities said in a note to clients.

The dollar fetched 112.68 yen against 112.65 yen in NY and 113.04 yen in Tokyo on Friday.

Investors also digested minutes of the Federal Reserve that showed USA central bankers were sharply divided over whether to increase rates again this year but with many still favouring a hike, analysts added.

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On Wall Street yesterday, all three major indices ended at fresh record highs, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.2 per cent at 22,872.89.

Kobe Steel was expected to fall dramatically following its weekend announcement it had systematically fabricated inspection data for aluminium and copper products.

Some exporters were up on the cheaper yen, which inflates their repatriated profits. Toyota still rose 1.49 percent to 6,992 yen though Nissan fell 0.41 percent to 1,087 yen.

But Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing fell 0.68 percent to 34,850 yen ahead of its latest earnings report.

Tokyo stocks close at fresh two-decade highs