By Laura He, MarketWatch
HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Japan stocks eked out gains on Wednesday and closed near their highest level in 15 years, with the yen slightly weaker against the greenback.
The Nikkei Average /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK +0.51% edged up 0.2% to 19,746.20, near its 15-year closing high of 19,754.36 reached on Monday. The broader Topix /zigman2/quotes/210598092/delayed JP:180460 +0.48% rose 0.3%.
Meanwhile, the dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561789/realtime/sampled USDJPY -0.0208% slightly strengthened against the yen, buying ¥119.65, compared to ¥119.55 late Tuesday.
Among top market outperformers, console maker Nintendo Co., Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/208063194/delayed JP:7974 -0.34% jumped 3.4%, electronics giants Toshiba Corporation /zigman2/quotes/205628942/delayed JP:6502 -1.10% and Fujitsu Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/208459594/delayed JP:6702 -0.98% both climbed 2.3%, electronic-components manufacturer TDK Corporation /zigman2/quotes/208948266/delayed JP:6762 -0.26% rose 1.9%, and video game developer Capcom Co., Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/202399938/delayed JP:9697 +0.69% added 1.7%.
Other major Asian markets mostly advanced, as Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.32% rebounded after previous mild losses and tacked on 0.5%, and both Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO +1.51% and Seoul’s Kospi Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 +0.27% nudged 0.1% higher.
However, over on mainland China, the Shanghai Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -0.12% snapped a 10-day winning streak and pulled back 0.8%.