Tokyo stocks rallied at the open ahead of Fed decision

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Tokyo stocks rallied at the open on Wednesday, rebounding after three straight sessions of losses as investors await the outcome of a US Federal Reserve meeting, reports BSS.

The US central bank, which concludes its meeting later on Wednesday, is not expected to make any major announcement. But its statement will be pored over for clues about policy following a run of strong data that have fanned talk of an interest rate rise.

The Bank of Japan, which closes a two-day policy meeting Friday, is widely considered to be lining up a fresh wave of easing, as the government prepares a promised fiscal stimulus package to kickstart the torpid economy.

A pedestrian walks past a board showing the numbers on the Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo

A pedestrian walks past a board showing the numbers on the Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo

“The market had fallen for three days so it’s an opportunity to buy,” Seiichi Miura, a strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, told Bloomberg News.

“The BoJ could… announce something that sends stocks higher. Investors should be scared to sell.”

About 25 minutes after the opening bell, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index rallied 1.31 percent, or 214.91 points, to 16,597.95, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares climbed 0.82 percent, or 10.69 points, to 1,317.63.

Automakers jumped as the dollar gained to 105.01 yen from 104.64 yen in New York and 104.41 yen in Tokyo earlier on Tuesday.

A weaker yen is considered a plus as it boosts the outlook for exporters’ profitability. Toyota surged 1.82 percent to 5,803 yen, Nissan soared 2.43 percent to 1,021.5 yen and Honda tacked on 1.14 percent to 2,833 yen.

Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing, a market heavyweight, advanced 2.61 percent to 33,380 yen. Investors are also keeping tabs on Japan’s earnings season, with Nintendo and Nissan among the firms reporting after markets close on Wednesday, and SoftBank, Sony and Japan Airlines reporting later this week.

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