TOKYO, April 10 Japan's Nikkei share average
rose on Monday as comments from a U.S. central banker lifted the
dollar against the yen, bolstering exporter stocks, while rising
U.S. yields helped financial stocks outperform.
The Nikkei gained 0.7 percent to 18,797.88, bouncing
back further from Friday's four-month low.
Yet, in a sign of fragile market sentiment, it posted
so-called "black candlestick", which means the market closed
below its opening price, for eight sessions in a row.
That is the longest such streak under Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe, whose policy centres on boosting share and other asset
prices through aggressive stimulus.
The broader Topix rose 0.7 percent to 1,499.65, led
by 1.5 percent gains in banks.
New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley on Friday
said there may only be a "little pause" in the central bank's
rate hike plans this year. This contrasted with market
interpretations of earlier comments that there may be a more
significant delay in Fed tightening this year as it looks to
shrink its balance sheet.
(Reporting by Tokyo Markets Team; Editing by Sam Holmes and