Japan's Nikkei closes at 6.5-month high on hopes for continued monetary policy

TOKYO, Sept. 3– The benchmark Nikkei stock index ended at a six-and-a-half month high on Thursday, with figures back to levels seen before the pandemic, as a solid lead from Wall Street overnight lifted sentiment along with expectations Japan’s current monetary policy will be continued after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s resignation. The 225- issue Nikkei Stock…

TOKYO, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — The benchmark Nikkei stock index ended at a six-and-a-half month high on Thursday, with figures back to levels seen before the pandemic, as a solid lead from Wall Street overnight lifted sentiment along with expectations Japan’s current monetary policy will be continued after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s resignation.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 218.38 points, or 0.94 percent, from Wednesday to close the day at 23,465.53, marking its highest closing level since Feb. 21.

The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, added 7.84 points, or 0.48 percent, to finish at 1,631.24.

Securities house, metal product and chemical-linked issues comprised those that gained the most by the close of play. Enditem