Nikkei Hits 7 Year High As Yen Continues Slide

Includes: EWJ, FXY
by: Dean Popplewell

By Alfonso Esparza

Tokyo stocks rose Monday with the Nikkei index ending at a seven-year closing high, propelled by solid Japanese business investment data for the July-September quarter and the yen’s depreciation against the U.S. dollar.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 130.25 points, or 0.75 percent, from Friday at 17,590.10. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 11.31 points, or 0.80 percent, higher at 1,421.65.

The government said just before the opening that business investment, excluding spending on software, rose a seasonally adjusted 3.1 percent in the third quarter from the April-June period.

The figure will be reflected in the revised gross domestic product data for the third quarter, scheduled to be released next week.

Hiroichi Nishi, assistant general manager of equity research at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc., said, “There was growing hope among investors of the revised GDP data taking a positive turn,” as the preliminary report released last month showed the Japanese economy contracted an annualized 1.6 percent in the period.

The weaker yen, briefly falling into the 119 yen zone against the dollar for the first time since August 2007, also fueled expectations of further rises in exporter share prices, Nishi added.