Nikkei marks 21yr high, catches lift from Wall St
TOKYO: Japan’s Nikkei share average scaled its loftiest peak in more than two decades on Thursday, hoisted by records on Wall Street and underpinned by media forecasts that the ruling party bloc was headed for a win in elections later this month. The Nikkei ended up 0.4% at 20,954.72, after earlier rising as high as 20,994.40, its highest since December, 1996. The broader Topix was 0.2% higher at 1,700.13, after touching 1,703.67, its highest since July 2007. Major stock indexes on Wall Street on Wednesday finished at record closing highs, bolstered by a report that a market-friendly candidate was being pushed as successor to Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen.