TOKYO, Oct 9 Japan's Nikkei share average recovered from a five-week low and gained 1 percent on Wednesday, helped by news that President Barack Obama has tapped Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen to head the U.S. central bank. The news removed some uncertainty hanging over the market and helped risk appetite, weakening the yen against the dollar. That triggered futures buying and bargain hunting in exporters that were weaker in early trade, traders said. The Nikkei closed up at 14,037.84, after falling as low as 13,751.85 in the morning session. That was just above a five-week low of 13,748.94 hit on Tuesday. The broader Topix gained 1.5 percent to 1,166.90.
Legislation to fund US gov't through April clears procedural hurdle in Senate
WASHINGTON, Dec 9 A bill to fund the U.S. government cleared a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Friday and appeared poised to pass the chamber, averting a government shutdown.
UPDATE 2-Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite -transition official
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec 9 Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said.