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Japan stocks at 3-1/2-month high as U.S. jobs data fans recovery hopes

Stock Markets Jun 08, 2020 05:12
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SYDNEY, June 8 (Reuters) - Japanese shares climbed to a
3-1/2-month high on Monday after a surprise increase in U.S.
employment gave investors further confidence of a swift global
economic recovery from a coronavirus-triggered slump.
The benchmark Nikkei average .N225 rose 0.9% to 23,075.73
by the midday break, its highest level since Feb. 21.
All three major indexes on the Wall Street gained more than
2% on Friday, after a strikingly upbeat May jobs report
unexpectedly provided evidence that the U.S. economy is headed
for a quicker-than-anticipated recovery. .N
The U.S. economy added 2.5 million jobs last month, pushing
the unemployment rate down to 13.3%, although analysts forecast
unemployment soaring to a 19.8%. Reflecting continued confidence in the revival of the global
economy, the safe-haven yen weakened further, with the
dollar/yen JPY=EBS hitting a 2-1/2-month high of 109.85 yen
late Friday.
As a weaker yen boosts Japanese manufacturers' profits made
abroad when repatriated, shares of export-oriented automakers
were in demand, with Nissan 7201.T and Mazda 7261.T jumping
5.9% and 4.5%, respectively.
Longer-term U.S. Treasury yields US10YT=RR surged on
Friday, providing a tailwind for Tokyo-listed financial stocks
.IINSU.T .IBNKS.T . Dai-ichi Life Holdings 8750.T soared
6.2% and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) 8306.T added
4.2%. US/N
Elsewhere, oil-related companies attracted buying as oil
prices advanced after the Organization of the Petroleum
Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and allies agreed on Saturday
to extend record oil production cuts until the end of July.
O/R
Japan's top oil and gas exploration companies Inpex 1605.T
leaped 4.3% and Japan Petroleum Exploration 1662.T gained
2.7%, while oil wholesalers JXTG Holdings 5020.T and Idemitsu
Kosan Showa Shell 5019.T surged 2.7% and 2.6%, respectively.
The broader Topix .TOPX rose 0.6% to 1,621.83 by the
recess, a level unseen since Feb. 25., with three-fourths of the
33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange trading higher.
The market, however, did not react to Japan's revised GDP
data that showed a slightly stronger-than-expected capex.


Japan stocks at 3-1/2-month high as U.S. jobs data fans recovery hopes
 

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