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Tokyo stocks close higher on US jobs data


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Tokyo stocks closed higher on Friday, extending rallies on Wall Street following a solid rebound in US employment, but investors remained cautious after a fresh surge in coronavirus cases in the Japanese capital.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.72 percent, or 160.52 points, to 22,306.48. It lost 0.91 percent over the week.

The broader Topix index was up 0.62 percent, or 9.57 points, to 1,552.33, but declined 1.59 percent from a week before.

"Japanese shares are being supported by rallies in US stocks" after better-than-expected jobs data in the world's biggest economy, said Toshiyuki Kanayama, senior market analyst at Monex.

The US economy regained 4.8 million jobs in June as businesses began to reopen nationwide, while the unemployment rate fell more than two points to 11.1 percent, the Labor Department reported.

Job numbers were far higher than economists were expecting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and showed people returning to jobs in hard-hit sectors like leisure and hospitality, which accounted for just under half of the increase. 


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"But concerns over a second wave of coronavirus infections in Tokyo weighed on market sentiment," said Yoshihiro Okumura, general manager at Chibagin Asset Management.

The capital confirmed 124 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the largest daily increase in two months.

The dollar fetched 107.50 yen in Asian afternoon trade, against 107.48 yen in New York.

Tokyo's high-tech shares gained ground after the Nasdaq posted another record on Thursday.

Chip-testing equipment maker Advantest jumped 2.09 percent to 6,330 yen with chip-making equipment manufacturer Tokyo Electron up 2.82 percent at 28,720 yen.

Power companies declined after the government unveiled plans to phase out old, high-emissions coal-fired power stations by 2030.

Tokyo Electric Power dropped 3.06 percent to 316 yen with Kansai Electric Power down 0.61 percent at 1,055.5 yen.

Agence France-Presse

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