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Nikkei Extends Gain by 2.2%, Dentsu Lifts Annual Outlook

Author: Hiruki Nakamura
Last Update: 9:55 AM ET November 12 2013

4:30 PM Tokyo – The weakness in yen drove market indexes higher for the second day in a row. The yen approached to 100 mark. Dentsu Corp lifted its annual net outlook by 73%. Sony estimated PlayStation 4 game console unit sale in the year to reach 4 million.

The decline in yen lifted stocks for the second day in a row and the Nikkei extended annual gain to 40%.

The Nikkei index soared 2.2% after the yen approached 100 mark against the dollar after the index rallied 1.3% in Monday’s trading.

The Nikkei 225 Stock Average climbed 318.84 or 2.2% to 14,588.68 and the Topix jumped 19.76 to 1,205.41.

The yen eased to 99.78 against one dollar.

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Toyota Motor Corp increased 70 yen to 6,320 yen and Honda Motor Co. gained 65 yen to 4,000 yen.

Nissan Motor Co Ltd rose 9 yen to 906 yen and the automaker plans to launch luxury mid-size Infiniti model based cars in Japan for the first time since it launched in the U.S. 24 years ago.

Nissan has set a goal to sell world-wide sell of 500,000 luxury brand Infiniti vehicles by 2017 and estimated 10% sale from Japan.

Toyota launched its Lexus brand in Japan in 2005 and currently sells about 10% or 42,300 units in Japan.

Sony climbed 59 yen to 1,700 yen and the diversified electronics and entertainment conglomerate expects to sell 3 million of PlayStation 4 game console units by the year-end.

Softbank Corp jumped 160 yen to 7,580 yen and Fast Retailing Co. soared 1,400 yen or 4.6% to 32,200 yen.

Hitachi, Limited jumped 2.2% to 703 yen after the Japan-based diversified company said Mitsubishi Corporation agreed to sell its 51% stake to the company and Japan Space Imaging Corporation, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi and will jointly operate the satellite imagery business from November 15.

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc jumped 2% to 4,865 yen after the Japan-based bank reported group operating revenue in the first-half soared 14% to 2.36 trillion from 2.07 trillion a year earlier.

Net profit in the period surged 52.8% to 505.71 billion yen compared to 331.04 billion yen and diluted earnings per share jumped to 370.28 yen from 244.43 yen a year ago.

The bank added gross profit jumped to 138.2 billion yen to 1.51 trillion yen and total credit cost dropped to 87.6 billion yen to a net reversal of 39.6 billion yen from a year earlier.

For the year ending in March 2014, the bank lifted its forecast of a group net profit of 750 billion yen from 580 billion a year ago.

Dentsu Corp gained 5.4% after the largest advertising company revised higher its group net profit estimate for the current fiscal year by 73% to 33.1 billion yen from the previous estimate of 19.1 billion yen on strong domestic advertising demand.

Sources: Data collected by 123jump.com and Ticker.com from company press releases, filings and corporate websites. Market data: BATS Exchange. Inc