Tokyo: The Nikkei average rose by 1% on Monday (27 August), buoyed by Wall Street gains and a weaker yen, with banking shares up as Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc rose 2.7% after buying a stake in Australia’s Challenger Financial Services Group.
Exporters also gained, with Honda Motor Co Ltd up by 2.7%, but rises were capped overall by profit-taking.
Markets kept one eye on a cabinet reshuffle set for Monday (27 August) afternoon, but the short-term impact of this was expected to be limited.
The Nikkei ended the morning session up 172.92 points at 16,421.89, after briefly rising as high as 16,504.72. The broader TOPIX index also rose by 1% to 1,603.00.