Nikkei jumps 2.5 pct as market takes comfort from Fed

miércoles 17 de diciembre de 2014 22:26 GYT

* All sectors in positive territory

* Market takes comfort from Yellen's 'patient' comment

* Immediate resistance seen at 25-day moving average

By Ayai Tomisawa

TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average jumped 2.5 percent on Thursday morning after the U.S. Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy and promised to take a patient approach towards raising interest rates.

The Nikkei was at 17,242.15 in mid-morning trade, posting its biggest one-day gain since early November and pulling away from a 6-1/2-week low of 16,672.94 hit on Wednesday.

An immediate resistance level is seen lurking at its 25-day moving average of 17,404.44, analysts said.

Following a two-day meeting, the U.S. central bank gave a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year.

The Fed said it would take a "patient" approach in deciding when to bump borrowing costs higher, which Fed Chair Janet Yellen, at a news conference, defined as "at least a couple of meetings."   Continuación...