Nikkei edges up but wary of yen volatility

miércoles 25 de mayo de 2016 22:40 GYT

By Joshua Hunt

TOKYO May 26 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks inched higher in choppy trade on Thursday following a rise in oil prices and gains on Wall Street, but indexes remained vulnerable to yen volatility as the currency see-saws against the dollar.

The Nikkei share average ended the morning session 0.3 percent higher at 16,805.63 points, paring some of its early gains due to a strengthening yen.

"Since the beginning of the month we've seen the yen slide back against the dollar but the return is far from linear and the intra-day appreciation we're seeing is enough to keep investors on their toes," said Martin King, managing partner at Tyton Capital Advisors in Tokyo.

"At present the focus is on Japan's role as host of the G7 summit and pending any egregious missteps there we expect to see a lull in volatility as the market awaits further catalysts."

Concerns about the health of the global economy and Europe's refugee crisis are among the top issues to be discussed at the G7 leaders' summit in Japan over the next two days.

Although full agreement on macro-economic policy looks hard to come by, the G7 leaders are expected to promote monetary, fiscal and structural policies to spur growth in their communique when the summit ends on Friday, government sources told Reuters.

The yen's recent weakness was still significant enough to help lift the share price of exporters like Toyota Motor Corp , which gained 0.8 percent, and Bridgestone Corp , which edged up 0.3 percent.

Shares of Mitsubishi Motors Corp soared 5.9 percent after the automaker restated its financial results for the past year to reflect a special loss of 19.1 billion yen ($174.29 million) related to controversy over its manipulation of fuel economy data.   Continuación...