Nikkei hits 3-month highs after Wall St rally; Suzuki, Panasonic shine

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Nikkei hits 3-month highs after Wall St rally; Suzuki, Panasonic shine
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TOKYO, May 11 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to three-month highs on Friday, buoyed by a surge on Wall Street after weaker-than-expected U.S. inflation data eased concerns over the Federal Reserve hiking interest rates at an accelerated pace.

The Nikkei .N225 was up 0.75 percent at 22,663.08 after brushing 22,714.29, its highest since Feb. 5. The index has gained about 1 percent this week.

The broader Topix .TOPX was up 0.56 percent at 1,787.64.

Chip-related shares rose after a surge by Apple AAPL.O lifted their U.S. peers. Tokyo Electron 8035.T gained 2.3 percent, Advantest Corp 6857.T added 1 pct and Murata Manufacturing 6981.T climbed 3.5 percent.

Suzuki Motor Corp 7269.T gained 7 percent after the automaker reported that its operating profit jumped 40.3 percent to 374.2 billion yen ($3.42 billion) for the year ended March, outperforming analyst estimates. Suzuki also anticipates a 2.3 percent rise in global vehicle sales this year to a record 3.3 million units. the earnings season in full swing corporate results dictated moves in other shares.

Panasonic Corp 6752.T gained 4.7 percent after the electronics conglomerate reported a 58 percent surge in net profit for the year ended March to 236.04 billion yen thanks to growth in its automotive-related businesses. Holdings 2503.T advanced 1.8 percent after the brewer's operating profit increased 26.4 percent to 74.4 billion yen in the January-March quarter. and e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc 4755.T , on the other hand, lost 4.45 percent. Rakuten saw its operating profit slip 30.5 percent to 28.1 billion yen in the January-March quarter, with increases in e-commerce costs and its sponsorship deal with Spanish football club FC Barcelona seen to have weighed. Tokyo's 33 sub-indexes, 23 gained, led by precision machinery .IPRCS.T . ($1 = 109.5400 yen)

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