Nikkei seen testing 53-mth high on Kuroda BOJ nomination news

Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:18pm GMT

TOKYO, Feb 25 (Reuters) - The Nikkei is expected to rally
strongly and test a 53-month high on Monday after sources said
Japan is likely to nominate Asian Development Bank President
Haruhiko Kuroda, an advocate of aggressive monetary easing, as
its next central bank chief.
    Exporters are likely to lead the gains after the yen 
hit a 33-month high of 94.61 yen to the dollar on Monday, while
financials and real estate companies will also be in focus as
they stand to gain the most from any reflationary policy.
    The Nikkei is likely to trade between 11,450 and
11,650, strategists said. Nikkei futures in Chicago 
closed at 11,500 on Friday, up 0.8 percent from the Osaka
 close of 11,410.    
    Sources said the government was also likely to nominate an
academic and a central banker to fill the two deputy governor
posts that open up on March 19.
    Earlier, the Nikkei newspaper said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
will submit the nominations for Kuroda and the two deputy
governors to parliament this week. Kikuo Iwata, an academic
known as one of the most vocal advocates of bold monetary
expansion, was likely to be nominated as a deputy BOJ governor,
it said.   
    "The combination of Kuroda and Iwata is not perfect but it's
one of the best combinations. I think that will give positive
impact to the markets," said Takashi Hiroki, chief strategist at
Monex Inc.
    The Nikkei share average advanced 0.7 percent to 11,385.94
on Friday, while the broader Topix index added 0.1
percent to 963.48.
    The benchmark Nikkei has rallied about 31 percent since
mid-November, driven by a weaker yen after Abe called for the
BOJ to adopt more aggressive monetary policy in his election
campaign.
            
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