TOKYO, Feb 18 Tokyo shares are expected to rise
on Monday, with exporters and banks leading the pack after the
yen softened on the G20's decision not to single out Japan for
undertaking policies that have weakened its currency.
Market players said the Nikkei was likely to trade between
11,250 to 11,350 on Monday, moving back towards a 33-month high
marked earlier this month.
Ahead of the conclusion of the G20 meeting, Nikkei futures
in Chicago closed at 11,315 on Friday, up 1.3 percent
from the close in Osaka.
Japan's expansive policies escaped direct criticism in a
statement written by policymakers from the G20 at the weekend,
though it also said the G20 should refrain from competitive
devaluations and that monetary policy should be directed only at
price stability and growth.
"Today we should see the Nikkei rebound, shares that were
sold off last week should be easily bought back," said Toshiyuki
Kanayama, senior market analyst at Monex.
"There is not much else to go on today except the currency,
so everything depends on where the yen goes."
The Nikkei lost 1.2 percent on Friday to close at 11,173.83,
but eked out a 0.2 percent weekly gain, after snapping a 12-week
winning streak in the previous week.
The benchmark has gained about 30 percent since mid-November
on yen weakness, when Shinzo Abe, then a candidate for leader of
the opposition and now prime minister, began calling for bolder
fiscal and monetary policy to pull Japan out of deflation.
Before the open of the stock market on Monday, the yen was
trading at 93.90 to the dollar just above a 33-month low
of 94.465 struck last Monday, when Japanese markets were closed
for a national holiday.
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STOCKS TO WATCH
-OJI HOLDINGS CORP
Paper maker Oji Holdings is likely to make an operating
profit of about 13 billion yen ($139 million) for the year
ending March 2014, marking a 30 percent rise from the current
business year, according to the Nikkei business daily.
Mobile services firm Aeria said it made an net profit of 480
million yen ($5.1 million) in the year ended Dec. 31, much
better than an earlier estimate of a loss of 1.17 billion yen,
after selling off a subsidiary and seeing higher sales than
expected for online games.