BRIEF-Gap executive says expects forex to continue to be headwind in 2017 - conf call
* Gap executive - in 2016, completed winddown of Old Navy Japan business & closure of number of Banana Republic stores primarily internationally - conf call
TOKYO, Nov 16 The Nikkei stock average rallied 2.2 percent on Friday to regain the key 9,000-mark as investors bet Japan's main opposition party, whose leader vowed to put more pressure on the central bank to ease monetary policy, will win next month's election. The Nikkei climbed 194.44 points to a two-week closing high at 9,024.16, and logged its biggest one-day percentage rise in two months. The index gained 3 percent this week. The broader Topix advanced 1.9 percent to 751.34.
Feb 23 Video game publisher ZeniMax Media Inc., which earlier this month won a $500 million verdict against Facebook Inc.’s Oculus virtual reality unit for unauthorized copying of computer code, has asked a federal judge to block Oculus from using the code in its products.
* Alliant Energy announces 2016 results and 2017 earnings guidance