Nikkei steady as China data arrives in-line with expectations
By Joshua Hunt
TOKYO Nov 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks were marginally higher after a day of light trading as fresh economic indicators from China arrived in line with expectations.
The Nikkei share average rose 0.1 percent to end the day at 19,691.39. It was the sixth consecutive day of gains for the benchmark index.
Data released Wednesday afternoon showed retail sales in China rose 11.0 percent year-on-year in October, just slightly higher than the 10.9 percent predicted by a Reuters poll. Urban investment rose by 10.2 percent in October, in-line with expectations, while China's industrial production grew 5.6 percent versus the 5.8 percent forecast by a Reuters poll.
The Topix subindex for textiles added 2.3 percent and the retail sector gained 1.4 percent.
The session's modest advance continues a run of gains on the Nikkei, which continued to climb even as the yen strengthened to the 122 handle after multiple sessions at the 123 handle.
The broader Topix added 0.4 percent to end the day at 1,595.32 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 gained 0.4 percent to 14,368.05
(Reporting by Joshua Hunt; Editing by Sam Holmes)
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