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Tokyo's Nikkei closes marginally higher

Sep 04 2019 10:14

Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index edged up on Wednesday as a weak yen prompted late bargain hunting, but investors remained concerned over a potential slowdown in the global economy.

The Nikkei 225 index rose 0.12% to close at 20 649.14, but the broader Topix index was down 0.26% at 1 506.81.

Tokyo stocks opened lower but recovered their early losses by the closing bell as investors welcomed a weak yen against the dollar, brokers said.

    "There are many Japanese shares which are still undervalued," said Shinichi Yamamoto, broker at Okasan Securities in Tokyo.

    The dollar fell to ¥106.18 in Asian afternoon trade from ¥105.94 in New York.

    But movement was limited by fears that the global economy may be slowing, after US data pointed to weakness in the manufacturing sector.

    Wall Street stocks tumbled Tuesday as new tariffs in the US-China trade war took effect, while US data suggested weakness in the manufacturing sector.

    Washington and Beijing imposed new levies on September 1, with the US now levelling 15% tariffs on an assortment of consumer goods and China responding with its own duties.

    Meanwhile, "against expectations for an unchanged outcome, the US ISM manufacturing index contracted in August clipping the wings of a rising US dollar, (and) also dragging equities," Rodrigo Catril, senior strategist at National Australia Bank, said in a note.

    The direct impact of Britain's political confusion on the Japanese market appeared limited, Okasan's Yamamoto said.

    "But Japanese shares may be affected by US and European reactions to Britain's decision on Brexit," he said.

    In Tokyo, Nintendo jumped 2.59% to ¥41 580 as Sony gained 0.85% to ¥6 150.

    But Nissan lost 1.73% to ¥644.9 with Toyota down 0.69% at ¥6 956.

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