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Nikkei Index Boosted by Weaker Yen and Tech Rally

Analyst Team trader
Updated 24 Jun 2024

Japan's Nikkei 225 index share average concluded Monday's trading session on a high note as a weaker yen boosted export-related stocks and technology shares regained momentum. Closing 0.54% up at 38,804.65, the benchmark index mirrored gains in the broader Topix, which also rose a little over 0.5% to finish at 2740.19.

The day's trading showed particular strength in sectors sensitive to export performance. Automakers and their suppliers rose by 1.6%, while pharmaceutical firms experienced a 1.5% increase. The weaker yen, which approached the 160-per-dollar threshold, provided a tailwind for these industries, making Japanese products more competitive overseas and thus lifting the shares of companies in these sectors.

In the technology space, Japanese chipmakers picked up steam in the afternoon session, contributing to the Nikkei's uplift. This resurgence in tech shares comes as a welcome change following a pattern of cautious trading. Overall, the Nikkei has been moving within a narrow range, with the index looking to close the month with a modest gain of less than 1% after a relatively flat performance in May.


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Noteworthy moves among individual stocks included Toyota Motor (TYO: 7203) , SoftBank Group ((TYO: 9984), and (TDK TYO: 6762), all of which saw their shares rise on Monday.

Meanwhile, Aozora Bank (TYO: 8304) led the banking sector with a noteworthy increase, and Chugai Pharmaceutical (TYO: 4519) topped the list of gainers among drug manufacturers. Not all stocks enjoyed the day's positive trend, however; Mercari (TYO: 4385), an online service platform operator, bucked the upward movement with a 4.7% decline.

Investors remain alert to signals from the Bank of Japan as they navigate through the volatility of the currency and bond markets. Concerns over the economic outlook are partly mitigated by the anticipated portfolio rebalancing flows, which could provide some stability as the month draws to a close.

The improvement in the Nikkei share average can be attributed to a confluence of factors, including currency dynamics and a rekindled interest in technology stocks. Going forward, market participants will be carefully observing both domestic economic indicators and broader geopolitical events to gauge the strength and sustainability of this upward trend.

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