Japanese stocks finish 2015 on 19-year end-of-year high

Tokyo, Rabi’I 19, 1437, Dec 30, 2015, SPA — Japanese shares edged up Wednesday for the third
consecutive day of increase, as investor sentiment was lifted by
overnight gains on Wall Street, according to dpa.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average ended at its highest year-end
closing level in 19 years.

The Nikkei added 51.48 points, or 0.27 per cent, to close at
19,033.71, ending above the 19,000 mark for the first time in two

The broader Topix index was up 3.91 points, or 0.25 per cent, at

The Japanese stocks rose sharply in 2015 as export-oriented issues
were bolstered by a weaker yen amid aggressive monetary easing
measures introduced by the Bank of Japan in April 2013.

The Tokyo markets are closed from Thursday to Sunday for New Year
holidays. Trading resumes on Monday.

12:14 LOCAL TIME 09:14 GMT