TOKYO, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rebounded on Friday after White House comments suggesting Washington and Beijing were close to striking a trade deal sparked buying in cyclical and financials.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Thursday an agreement with China could be reached soon, providing a fillip to investor confidence. shares, or those that are sensitive to economic cycles, such as shippers .ISHIP.T and brokerages .ISECU.T , were among the biggest gainers.
Other gainers included companies whose results surprised positively.
Japan Post Insurance 7181.T , hit by a scandal involving improper sales practices, rose 5.8% after it posted strong profits.
Another scandal-ridden financial institution, Suruga Bank 8358.T , also advanced 6.4% after its results.
Kadokawa 9468.T climbed 5.9% to 2 1/2-year highs after the publishing and web services company raised its profit outlook.
Asahi Intecc 7747.T rose 4.4% after the medical equipment maker's quarterly profits beat market expectations.
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