TOKYO, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei hit a six-month
high on Friday and the broader Topix index touched its best
level since 1990, extending their bull run since the end of
August on hopes for a new government and further improvement in
The news that U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese
counterpart Xi Jinping had held talks on the phone also
supported the rally by easing concerns about simmering Sino-U.S.
The Nikkei average rose 1.25% to 30,381.84, the
ninth session of gains in the last ten. For the week, it was up
The Topix gained 1.29% to 2,091.65.
Hopes that a new leader at Japan's dominant ruling party
would compile an economic stimulus and secure a decisive
election victory have boosted shares prices after unpopular
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga offered to resign last week.
Expectations are growing that vaccine minister Taro Kono is
likely to win the Liberal Democratic Party's leadership race
later this month.
"The market is starting to price in Kono's victory. He is
relatively young and could form a long-standing government,"
said Shingo Ide, chief strategist at NLI Research.
Japan's corporate earnings outlook has also been improving
of late as the country's vaccine roll-outs move closer to
catching up with other developed nations.
Financial sectors were among the top gainers after SBI
Holdings announced an offer to buy a near majority
stake in Shinsei Bank in an unsolicited bid to take
effective control of the lender.
SBI rose 7.6% while Shinsei Bank jumped 20.8% after being
untraded with a glut of bids for much of the day.
On the other hand, Eisai lost 8.7% after Biogen Inc
shares tumbled after it said the launch of its
Alzheimer's drug, which the two firms have developed, was slower
than what was initially anticipated.
Nipro shed 7.7% after the medical equipment firm
announced the sale of 30 billion yen ($273.47 million) in
convertible bonds, which could cause a 13% dilution.
($1 = 109.70 yen)
(Reporting by Hideyuki Sano; Editing by Devika Syamnath)