BUSINESS Tokyo stocks close higher as Chinese shares surge, weak yen lifts exporters


Tokyo stocks close higher as Chinese shares surge, weak yen lifts exporters


20:02, July 06, 2020

TOKYO, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks closed higher Monday as Chinese shares' sharp gains lifted the market mood, while a weaker yen versus the U.S. dollar gave exporter issues a boost.


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The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 407.96 points, or 1.83 percent, from Friday to close the day at 22,714.44.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, added 24.82 points, or 1.60 percent, to finish at 1,577.15.

Investor sentiment was bolstered from the get-go as a comparatively weak yen versus the U.S. dollar made issues whose firms are broadly exposed to overseas markets, like automakers and some technical shares, an attractive proposition, brokers here said.

Increasing COVID-19 cases at home and abroad, meanwhile, including reimposed business restrictions in some virus-hit regions in the United States, and cases in Tokyo rebounding, led to trading being slightly lackluster, brokers said.

"The market is looking to see if selective lockdowns implemented by some states will curtail infections within a week or two," Nobuhiko Kuramochi, a market economist at Mizuho Securities, was quoted as saying.

But they added in terms of Tokyo, sentiment was largely unaffected Monday as despite the recent and prolonged rise in COVID-19 cases, the Tokyo metropolitan government has not reissued any business or restrictions on people's movements.

Nikkei heavyweight SoftBank Group rising to a more than one-year high, expectations for the conglomerate's hefty share buyback plan to raise funds and tackle losses, helped prop up the broader market investment, analysts here said, with semiconductor and technology behemoth Tokyo Electron's rise also adding support.

The market's biggest influence, however, was Chinese shares surging to a more than five-year high on further indications the world's second-largest economy is continuing to recover from the pandemic, with China-linked issues here finding favor.

"Investors were relieved after seeing robust Chinese shares," Yutaka Miura, senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities Co., said.

As such, chip-makers, highly susceptible to external factors, gained ground on hopes for a broader global recovery led by China, with Tokyo Electron climbing 2.7 percent, while Screen Holdings jumped 5.5 percent.

SoftBank hitting its highest level in 14 months, rising 2.4 percent supported the market, while Nissan Motor accelerating 5.2 percent on robust sales in China in June, underscored hopes for Japanese firms' production and output in China and other major markets recovering.

As for exporters benefiting from the yen's retreat versus its U.S. counterpart, Honda Motor gained 1.6 percent, while Panasonic advanced 3.4 percent by the close.

Issues driven by domestic demand also advanced on the government staying pat on its decision not to reimpose coronavirus-linked restrictions, despite COVID-19 cases spiking in the capital, and J.Front Retailing surged 7.3 percent, while Seven & i Holdings gained 2.9 percent.

By the close of play, marine transportation, securities house, and iron and steel-linked issues comprised those that gained the most, and issues that rose outpaced those that fell by 1,888 to 244 on the First Section, while 38 ended the day unchanged.

On the main section on Monday, 1,025.39 million shares changed hands, rising from Friday's volume of 982.46 million shares.

The turnover on the first trading day of the week came to 1.801 trillion U.S. dollars (16.749 billion U.S. dollars). 

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