TOKYO, Dec 26 Japan's Nikkei share average is
set to edge higher on Wednesday, drawing support from
expectations for an aggressive monetary easing stance by the new
government, which has also helped to weaken the yen and
bolstered exporters' shares.
Shinzo Abe is set to be selected as prime minister by
lawmakers on Wednesday after leading his Liberal Democratic
Party to a landslide victory in a lower house election earlier
Market players said the Nikkei was likely to trade between
10,000 and 10,200 on Wednesday, but due to the Christmas holiday
doldrums, volume is likely to stay thin.
"The market is overbought, so the Nikkei may not rise
sharply, but 'Abe trades' may invite some buying," said Hiroichi
Nishi, general manager at SMBC Nikko Securities, adding that if
the dollar trades above 85 yen, investors are likely to chase
the Nikkei higher to near 10,200.
On Tuesday, the Nikkei gained 1.4 percent to
10,080.12, nearing a nine-month intraday high of 10,175.16 hit
The dollar last traded at 84.93 yen, having risen as
high as 84.965 yen on Tuesday morning, its highest level since
April 2011. A weak yen boosts exporters' overseas earnings when
After rising 16.4 percent over the last six weeks, the
Nikkei is in "overbought" territory, with its 14-day relative
strength index at 72.66, above 70 which is deemed the overbought
threshold and signalling that a correction may be imminent.
The broader Topix rose 0.6 percent to 838.01 on
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