Fri, 29 Sep 2023

TOKYO, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo stocks closed higher on Friday, driven by improved market sentiment amid eased concerns over the global economic outlook and a weaker yen.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei stock index, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average, ended up 364.99 points, or 1.1 percent, from Thursday to close the day at 33,533.09.

The broader Topix index, meanwhile, finished 22.81 points, or 0.95 percent, up at 2,428.38, its highest close since June 1990.

Market watchers here suggested that China's better-than-expected industrial output in August released earlier in the day provided a tailwind for Japanese stocks.

"In addition to expectations of improved earnings due to the weak yen, market sentiment was buoyed by expectations of a firming U.S. and Chinese economy, both of which are key drivers of Japanese corporate performance," said Tomoichiro Kubota, senior market analyst at Matsui Securities.

On the Prime Market, gainers were led by electric power and gas, oil and coal products, and transportation equipment shares.

Issues that rose outpaced those that fell by 1,227 to 553, while 55 ended the day unchanged.

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