Nikkei steps back after 9-day rally; volume, turnover lowest since early Nov
Mon Dec 19 2016
Austin Collins (257 articles)

Nikkei steps back after 9-day rally; volume, turnover lowest since early Nov

TOKYO : Japanese stocks edged down in thin trade on Monday, snapping a nine-day rally as a pullback on Wall Street prompted investors to cash in on outperformers such as exporters and banks.

The Nikkei share average shed 0.1 percent to 19,391.60 after soaring 6.2 percent in the past nine days, mainly supported by a weak yen as the dollar rose broadly on expectations of a faster pace of U.S. interest rate hikes next year.

The Bank of Japan began a two-day policy meeting, at which it is expected to stand pat on its 10-year government bond yield target as the weaker yen helps Japan’s economic prospects, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.

Analysts said that trading volume will likely be subdued this week as foreign investors head off on Christmas holidays.

Monday’s trading volume and turnover on the main board were thin, with only 1.74 billion shares changing hands, the lowest since November 8. Turnover was 2.14 trillion yen, also the lowest since the same day.

Austin Collins

Austin Collins

Austin Collins is our Europe, Asia, & Middle East Correspondent. He covers news related to Stock Market. In past he has worked for many prestigious news & media organizations. He is based in Dubai

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