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By Laura He, MarketWatch


Reuters
Tokyo stocks advance to a 15-year high on Thursday, with most other Asian markets gaining.

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — Japanese stocks resumed their winning ways on Thursday, rising to a fresh 15-year high after breaking a five-session winning streak in the previous session.

The Nikkei Average /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK -0.96%  closed up 1.1% to 18,785.79, its best level since April 2000. The index dipped 0.1% on Wednesday. The broader Topix /zigman2/quotes/210598092/delayed JP:180460 -0.82%  also finished 0.9% higher.

Meanwhile, the yen was a little stronger versus the greenback, trading at ¥118.75, from ¥118.83 at the previous market close.

Oil explorers got a boost from a strong rebound in global crude prices in the previous session. Inpex Corporation /zigman2/quotes/206689846/delayed JP:1605 +0.61% rallied 3.3%, and Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/201212147/delayed JP:1662 +1.28%  gained 2.8%.

Among top outperformers, auto maker Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/208298710/delayed JP:7201 -1.80%  and banking group Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207520099/delayed JP:8306 -0.93%  both jumped 3.2%. Electronics manufacturer TDK Corporation /zigman2/quotes/208948266/delayed JP:6762 +0.20%  climbed 2.1%, media conglomerate Sony Corp. /zigman2/quotes/201361720/delayed JP:6758 -1.76% rose 2%, and Internet and telecoms giant SoftBank Corp. /zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed JP:9984 +0.22%  improved by 1.7%.

Other Asian markets mostly advanced, with mainland China’s Shanghai Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP -0.46%  heading up 2.2%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.80%   tacked on 0.5%, and Seoul’s Kospi Composite Index /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -0.33%  drifted 0.1% higher. However, Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO -0.21%  declined 0.6%.

/zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed
JP : Nikkei
28,942.14
-280.63 -0.96%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 18, 2022 3:15p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598092/delayed
JP : Tokyo Exchange (TOPIX)
1,990.50
-16.49 -0.82%
Volume: 0.00
Aug. 18, 2022 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/206689846/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 1,478.00
+9.00 +0.61%
Volume: 8.16M
Aug. 18, 2022 3:00p
P/E Ratio
5.88
Dividend Yield
4.06%
Market Cap
¥2033.91 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥578.38M
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/zigman2/quotes/201212147/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 3,565.00
+45.00 +1.28%
Volume: 228,800
Aug. 18, 2022 3:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
6.17%
Market Cap
¥194.44 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥157.70M
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/zigman2/quotes/208298710/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 529.30
-9.70 -1.80%
Volume: 10.72M
Aug. 18, 2022 3:00p
P/E Ratio
13.99
Dividend Yield
0.94%
Market Cap
¥2109.79 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥63.78M
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/zigman2/quotes/207520099/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 727.50
-6.80 -0.93%
Volume: 30.48M
Aug. 18, 2022 3:00p
P/E Ratio
10.84
Dividend Yield
4.40%
Market Cap
¥9199.07 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥45.07M
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/zigman2/quotes/208948266/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 5,070.00
+10.00 +0.20%
Volume: 2.64M
Aug. 18, 2022 3:00p
P/E Ratio
10.57
Dividend Yield
2.09%
Market Cap
¥1917.72 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥17.06M
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/zigman2/quotes/201361720/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 11,750.00
-210.00 -1.76%
Volume: 2.35M
Aug. 18, 2022 3:00p
P/E Ratio
16.52
Dividend Yield
0.60%
Market Cap
¥14833.83 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥91.61M
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/zigman2/quotes/207303954/delayed
JP : Japan: Tokyo
¥ 5,815.00
+13.00 +0.22%
Volume: 11.18M
Aug. 18, 2022 3:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
¥9554.68 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥133.99M
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/zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
3,277.54
-14.98 -0.46%
Volume: 30.17B
Aug. 18, 2022 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed
HK : Hong Kong Exchange
19,763.91
-158.54 -0.80%
Volume: 1.59M
Aug. 18, 2022 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed
KR : Korea Exchange
2,508.05
-8.42 -0.33%
Volume: 381,627
Aug. 18, 2022 3:32p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed
AU : S&P ASX
7,112.80
-14.90 -0.21%
Volume: 50,254
Aug. 19, 2022 8:15a
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Laura He is a MarketWatch reporter based in Hong Kong. Follow Laura on Twitter at: @lauraliuhe.

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