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Tokyo bounce back after dip amid Jerusalem worries

Tokyo bounce back after dip amid Jerusalem worries

Tokyo stocks opened higher Thursday after a two-percent drop in the key index the previous day amid lingering worries over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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07.12.2017 11:57 AM

Tokyo stocks opened higher Thursday after a two-percent drop in the key index the previous day amid lingering worries over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 0.75 percent, or 165.37 points, to 22,342.41 in early trade, while the broader Topix index was up 0.56 percent, or 9.91 points, at 1,775.33.

"Although US President Trump's announcement to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a worrisome factor for the situation in the Middle East, Japanese shares may regain part of the sharpest drop this year the previous day," SBI Securities said in a commentary.

Limited reaction in US stocks to the president's comment is also supporting the Tokyo market, it noted.

The dollar was trading at 112.39 yen in early Asian trade, little changed from 112.27 yen in New York late Wednesday.

On Wednesday in Tokyo, the key Nikkei 225 index closed down 1.97 percent, suffering the biggest point loss this year, as reports emerged during trading hours that Trump was set to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump later Wednesday confirmed the report in a speech given from the White House, saying: "It is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."

The move prompted an almost universal diplomatic backlash and fears of new bloodshed in the Middle East.

In Tokyo, Mitsubishi Motors was up 0.50 percent at 798 yen after a report that it plans to boost global output by 10 percent by fiscal 2018.

Sharp, which was formally acquired last year by Taiwan's Hon Hai, better known as Foxconn, was down 1.41 percent at 3,830 yen as it returned to the prestigious First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday.

Semiconductor-testing device maker Advantest was up 0.66 percent at 2,116 yen after a media report that its operating profit in the fiscal year 2018 would rise 10 percent.
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