TOKYO, April 18 Japan's Nikkei stock index took
its cue from a rebound in U.S. shares and a weaker yen on
Tuesday, ending higher and pulling away from its recent
The Nikkei finished up 0.4 percent at 18,418.59.
The dollar added 0.2 percent to 109.08 yen, after
plumbing five-month lows on Monday, and Wall Street rebounded
overnight. Market focus shifted from tensions in North Korea and
Syria to earnings later this week, with the S&P 500
pulling off last week's two-month lows.
Higher rates and the brighter market helped lift Japanese
banking and financial shares.
The Tokyo Stock Exchange's banks subindex rose
1.0 percent and the securities subindex added 0.8
The broader Topix added 0.4 percent to 1,471.53,
while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 gained 0.3 percent to
(Reporting by Tokyo markets team; Editing by Sam Holmes)