Japan's Nikkei rises to near 3-week high, most sectors advance

  • Reuters
  • Stock Market News
Japan's Nikkei rises to near 3-week high, most sectors advance

TOKYO, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to near three-week highs on Monday, with a majority of sectors advancing as investor confidence continued to improve after Wall Street shares made steady gains.

The Nikkei .N225 rose 1.2 percent to 22,142.02 points by midmorning, after earlier touching 22,226.53, highest since Feb. 7.

The benchmark index had gained 0.8 percent the following week.

Exporters were buoyed as the yen's surge against the dollar seen earlier in the month lost some momentum.

Toyota Motor Corp 7203.T rose 0.6 percent, Tokyo Electron 8035.T added 1.4 percent and Bridgestone Corp 4805.T gained 0.3 percent.

Of Tokyo's 33 sub-indexes, 31 gained, led by pharmaceuticals .IPHAM.T and precision machinery .IPRCS.T .

However, market gains were limited by caution ahead of new Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's semi-annual Congressional testimony starting on Tuesday. Investors will be looking for clues on his views on monetary policy at a time when equity markets are fretting over rising U.S. yields and the risks of faster-than-expected interest rate rises.

The broader Topix .TOPX was 0.8 percent higher at 1,774.70.

Drop an image here or Supported formats: *.jpg, *.png, *.gif up to 5mb

Error: File type not supported

Drop an image here or


Related Articles