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Tokyo stocks close higher tracking US rallies

AFP . Tokyo
25 Nov 2022 00:00:00 | Update: 25 Nov 2022 03:35:30
Tokyo stocks close higher tracking US rallies

Tokyo stocks ended higher Thursday, catching up with gains on Wall Street after minutes from the US Federal Reserve signalled it could slow its rate hikes.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index advanced 0.95 per cent, or 267.35 points, to 28,383.09, while the broader Topix index rose 1.21 per cent, or 24.05 points, to 2,018.80.

The Tokyo market was closed for a public holiday Wednesday, leading investors to play catch-up with a rally on Wall Street over the past two sessions.

Global investors had perked up after Fed minutes from its November gathering showed policymakers were readying to curb the speed of their interest rate hikes, having lifted them a bumper 75 basis points at each of the past four meetings.

“Investors have welcomed a perceived reduction in uncertainty around the Fed’s terminal rate,” said Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management.

“Positive global risk sentiment could easily persist” in the final weeks of 2022, especially if US inflation calms down, he added. The dollar stood at 138.93 yen, compared with 139.52 yen seen Wednesday in New York. 

Semiconductor-related shares were buoyant. Advantest, which makes testing kits for microchips, jumped 4.56 per cent to 9,400 yen and Tokyo Electron, which makes tools to build semiconductors, rose 3.55 per cent to 46,380 yen.

Shipping firms were higher, because they “reflect the global economic cycle... and the prospect of slower rate hikes eased concerns over an economic slowdown”, said Atsuko Ishitoya, a strategist at Daiwa Securities.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines jumped 4.00 per cent to 3,250 yen and Kawasaki Kisen soared 4.17 per cent to 2,646 yen.

Tokyo-based internet firm Cyberagent, whose streaming service provides free World Cup coverage, surged 6.94 per cent to 1,294 yen after Japan beat Germany 2-1 in their opening match.