Tokyo's Nikkei index hits new 30-year high

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Analysts said hopes for further US economic stimulus and the positive effect of Japan's own virus rescue package supported the market, as well as progress on vaccine rollouts.
Analysts said hopes for further US economic stimulus and the positive effect of Japan's own virus rescue package supported the market, as well as progress on vaccine rollouts.
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  • Japan's benchmark Nikkei index climbed to a new 30-year high Tuesday.
  • Analysts said hopes for further US economic stimulus and the positive effect of Japan's own virus rescue package supported the market, as well as progress on vaccine rollouts.
  • In Tokyo trading, SoftBank Group jumped 3.40% to 9 808 yen after it said net profit rocketed to $11.1 billion in the third quarter.


Japan's benchmark Nikkei index climbed to a new 30-year high Tuesday, tracking Wall Street gains on hopes for additional stimulus.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.40% to close at 29 505.93, while the broader Topix index advanced 0.08% to 1 925.54.

"The Nikkei index struggled to grow after investors became cautious about overheating, but it steadily hovered around the 29 500 level," Okasan Online Securities said.

Analysts said hopes for further US economic stimulus and the positive effect of Japan's own virus rescue package supported the market, as well as progress on vaccine rollouts.

Japan hopes to begin vaccinating selected healthcare workers against Covid-19 next week.

In Tokyo trading, SoftBank Group jumped 3.40% to 9 808 yen after it said net profit rocketed to $11.1 billion in the third quarter, as stock rallies and asset sales helped solidify its recovery.

Renesas rallied 1.74% to 1 224 yen after it confirmed late Monday it will acquire its German-British competitor Dialog, a semiconductor specialist and Apple supplier, in a $5.9 billion deal.

Uniqlo casual wear operator Fast Retailing climbed 1.60% to 95 130 yen while Sony dropped 2.23% to 11 825 yen.

Honda fell 1.19% to 2 977 yen before the company announced it is upgrading its full-year net profit forecast to 465 billion yen.

Nissan was flat at 629.5 yen ahead of the release of its financial results later Tuesday, while Toyota, whose results come on Wednesday, dipped 0.53% to 7 994 yen.

The dollar fetched 104.87 yen in Asian trade, against 105.22 yen in New York.

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