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Japanese shares rally on upbeat earnings, U.S. stimulus hopes

· 02/05/2021 01:43
Japanese shares rally on upbeat earnings, U.S. stimulus hopes

- Japanese shares ended more than 1% higher on Friday, following Wall Street's rally overnight, driven by upbeat earnings from domestic firms and expectations of a large U.S. stimulus package.

Nikkei share average .N225 jumped 1.54% to 28,779.19. The broader Topix .TOPX gained 1.38% at 1,890.95.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq posted record closing highs overnight, as Democrats pushed ahead with U.S. President Joe Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus plan without bipartisan support. nL1N2KA1PF

"A bigger economic stimulus package in the U.S. is good for the global economy and that optimism is lifting economic-sensitive shares in Japan," said Masahiro Ichikawa, chief market strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui DS Asset Management.

Japanese automakers jumped, with Mazda Motor 7261.T surging 18.52% after cutting its loss forecast, making it the biggest gainer in the Nikkei index. nXB0PZU2FD

Mitsubishi Motor 7211.T jumped 8.13% and Nissan Motor 7201.T gained 7.51%.

NTT Data 9613.T jumped 9.63% after Nomura Securities raised its target price on the information network builder's stock.

Railway companies, which are also considered sensitive to economic news, gained. Central Japan Railway 9022.T rose 5.14% and West Japan Railway 9021.T increased 6.3%.

Takeda Pharmaceutical 4502.T edged up 0.33% after the drug maker said its nine-month profit more than doubled from a year earlier.

Tokyo Rope 5981.T surged 10.13% as the steel maker opposed a bid by Nippon Steel 5401.T, which is trying to boost its stake in the smaller affiliate.

Japan Asia Group 3751.T jumped 8.96% after an activist fund launched a counter bid for the energy and environment firm, which has agreed to be bought by Carlyle Group CG.O. nL1N2KA0QG

(Reporting by Junko Fujita; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)

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