Tokyo stocks open higher on weaker yen

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Hong Kong stocks extend gains at open

TOKYO, Aug 22, (APP/AFP) – Tokyo stocks opened higher
on Monday as the yen weakened further on speculation over central bank monetary policies and lifted investor sentiment.

The Japanese currency fell against the dollar for a second day after US Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer signalled in a speech on Sunday that a 2016 rate hike is still under consideration.

Meanwhile, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said in an interview published Saturday in the Sankei newspaper that there is “sufficient chance” the bank will add to its massive easing at next month’s policy meeting.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index climbed 0.52 percent, or 85.41 points, to 16,631.23 in opening deals, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares rose 0.54 percent, or 6.99 points, to 1,302.66.

The dollar was trading at 100.59 yen in early Tokyo trade, up from 100.20 yen in New York.

“We expect the US dollar to consolidate this week with a modest upside bias,” Elias Haddad, a senior foreign-exchange strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia said, Bloomberg News reported.

“There is room for US interest rate expectations to adjust a bit higher this week,” Haddad said.

Investors are also awaiting a series of US and Japanese economic data due this week for further clues on central bank policies, analysts said.