Nikkei extends gains as financials rebound

The Nikkei opened flat but was up 0.2 per cent at 17,073.84 points by midmorning. It ended at a three-month high the previous day, and is trading above its 200-day moving average for the first time in nine months.

By: Reuters | Tokyo | Published:September 6, 2016 8:25 am
japan, japanese stock, stock market, nikkei, japan stock market, BOJ governor, bank of japan nikkei, japan economy, nikkei, nikkei share, world news, business news The broader Topix gained 0.5 per cent to 1,351.04 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 0.5 per cent to 12,151.00. (Source: AP)

Japanese stocks extended gains on Tuesday as financial stocks rebounded from the previous session, but trade was expected to be subdued as investors waited for US markets to reopen after a holiday.

The Nikkei opened flat but was up 0.2 per cent at 17,073.84 points by midmorning. It ended at a three-month high the previous day, and is trading above its 200-day moving average for the first time in nine months.

“When US rates will be raised and what the Bank Of Japan will do with monetary policy are two key factors that investors are cautiously focused on ,” said Hiroaki Mino, director of investment information department at Mizuho Securities.

Banks and insurers attracted buying on Tuesday after investors sold on Monday on comments by BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda that the central bank was ready to further expand its already massive stimulus.

But without giving a more explicit hint about what the BOJ will do at its next review on Sept. 20-21, Kuroda left investors room to speculate that he may not further cut interest rates into negative territory after a backlash of criticism about some financial institutions’ businesses, traders said.

Mizuho Financial Group rose 1.0 per cent, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group gained 2.0 per cent and Dai-ichi Insurance Co added 2.7 per cent.

On the other hand, Amada Holdings tumbled 4.3 per cent after the Nikkei business daily said it will lower its targeted total return ratio to at least 50 per cent this fiscal year.

The broader Topix gained 0.5 per cent to 1,351.04 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 0.5 per cent to 12,151.00.