Nikkei rises to more than 3-month high as yen eases

domingo 4 de septiembre de 2016 22:54 GYT

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By Ayai Tomisawa

TOKYO, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei climbed to more than a three-month high on Monday morning as a weaker yen lifted hopes that exporters' earnings will recover after data showing slower than expected U.S. jobs growth still left intact expectations for a U.S. rate hike this year.

The Nikkei rose 1.3 percent to 17,142.32 in mid morning trade after hitting as high as 17,146.91, the highest level since May 31.

Nonfarm payrolls rose by 151,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, below the 180,000 jobs that economists had expected.

The dollar quickly jumped back to 103.74 yen after having fallen to 102.80 yen following the underwhelming U.S. payrolls data.

Although the data reduced chances of an imminent U.S. rate increase, a Federal Reserve official's hawkish comments kept the door open for an increase later this year.

"For Japanese stocks, the result turned out to be positive after U.S. stocks rose and the yen weakened," said Takuya Takahashi, a strategist at Daiwa Securities.   Continuación...