Nikkei rises to near 2-month high after ECB signals more stimulus

jueves 22 de octubre de 2015 21:51 GYT

* Nikkei up 3.0 pct for the week

* Topix's all 33 subsectors positive

* Exporters rise after yen weakens on rising risk sentiment

By Ayai Tomisawa

TOKYO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose sharply to a near two-month high on Friday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi signalled that new stimulus measures could come as early as December, boosting riskier assets.

The Nikkei jumped 2.3 percent to 18,858.43 points by midmorning after rising to as much as 18,886.75, the highest since Aug. 31.

For the week, the Nikkei looked set for a gain of 3.0 percent.

After the ECB held policy steady at its meeting on Thursday as widely expected, Draghi told a news conference that ECB policymakers were "open to the full menu of monetary policy" to stoke the euro zone economy as needed.

"The ECB's stance to continue with stimulus measures soothed tension in the market," said Masaru Hamasaki, head of market & investment information department at Amundi Japan.   Continuación...