Nikkei jumps to 2-1/2 week high on rosy U.S. data

miércoles 24 de diciembre de 2014 02:18 GYT

By Thomas Wilson
    TOKYO, Dec 24(Reuters) - Japanese stocks rallied on
Wednesday after Wall Street hit a record closing-high on the
back of data pointing to rapid momentum in the U.S. economy,
which boosted risk appetite and lent weight to last week's
positive assessment by the Federal Reserve.  
    The Nikkei benchmark gained 1.2 percent in thin
trade to 17,854.23, its highest close since Dec. 8 and its fifth
straight day of gains. Japanese markets were closed on Tuesday
for a public holiday. 
    Exporters performed strongly on the back of a weaker yen,
which fell through the 120 mark against the dollar. Toyota Motor
Corp gained 1.6 percent, while Panasonic added 1.5 percent.   
    The broader Topix added 0.9 percent to 1,426.02,
while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 also gained 0.9
percent to 12,955.65.

 (Reporting by Thomas Wilson; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)