High hopes for Japanese shares this weekAgence France-Presse . Tokyo
Japanese shares lost ground last week as investors gave up on further stimulus measures in the United States, but there was still hope for a rally after the Easter holiday, analysts said Friday.
All eyes are on the Bank of Japan and whether it ushers in further easing measures to boost the world’s third-largest economy, they said.
The likelihood of further stimulus increased after a meeting on Friday morning between prime minister Yoshihiko Noda and Bank of Japan governor Masaaki Shirakawa, analysts said.
In the week to April 6, the benchmark Nikkei 225 index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange lost 3.91 per cent, or 395.11 points, to 9,688.45.
The Topix index of all first-section issues ended the week down 3.35 per cent, or 28.64 points, at 825.71.
Japanese shares were partly dented by minutes from the March US Federal Reserve policy meeting, which indicated no fresh monetary easing measures in the near term.
Sentiment was also hit after Spain said its borrowing costs soared in its first debt auction since an austerity budget last week, fuelling concern of a repeat of Greece’s strife last year when it narrowly avoided a messy default.
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