TOKYO, March 6 Japan's Nikkei share average is
set to mark new 4-1/2 year highs on Wednesday, with sentiment
for risk assets likely to gain an added boost after the Dow
Jones industrial average climbed to a record closing high on
signs of a strengthening U.S. economy.
Market players said the Nikkei was likely to trade
between 11,700 to 11,850 on Wednesday, after ending up 0.3
percent at 11,683.45 the previous day. At one point, it rose as
high as 11,779.42, the highest level since September 2008.
"Investors may chase the market higher to 11,800, but it may
be difficult to hold above that level until the close," said
Yoshiyuki Kondo, an analyst at Daiwa Securities.
He added that most buying could come in early trade as
investors will then begin to focus on economic indicators such
as U.S. jobs data this week.
Nikkei futures in Chicago closed at 11,830, up 1.2
percent from the close in Osaka of 11,690.
The Nikkei has gained 12.4 percent this year, outperforming
its global peers on the back of a weaker yen due to an
aggressive easing stance from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The Dow has added 8.8 percent, the Standard & Poor's
500 Index has gained 8.0 percent while the pan-European
FTSEurofirst 300 index has advanced 4.9 percent over
the same period.
Analysts said domestic-demand focused stocks such as
department stores will likely continue to attract buying due to
recent strength in sales of luxury items. Hopes that Abe's
reflationary policies will be effective are expected to lift
asset-related shares which include warehouses and railroad
The Dow Jones industrial average jumped on signs of a
strengthening U.S. economy, continued support from the Federal
Reserve, and fairly attractive valuations compared to other
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STOCKS TO WATCH
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is in
final talks with Sharp to invest about 10 billion yen ($107
million) for a 3 percent stake in the Japanese company, two
sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters.
Panasonic has sold a central Tokyo building for around 50
billion yen ($536 million) to two Japanese investors, including
the buyer of an office block Sony Corp sold last week.
Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing, a unit of Sumitomo
Mitsui Financial Group Inc, will take a 90 percent
stake in the 43-storey high-rise in Tokyo's Shiodome district,
while Japanese real estate trust Nippon Building Fund Inc
will take a 10 percent interest, Nippon Building Fund
said in a statement on Tuesday.