Nikkei logs best day in four months after Tuesday's slide
Jan 15 2014 , Tokyo
The jump came after the Nikkei suffered its worst one-day decline in five months the prior day, with a 3.1 percent drop after a surprisingly weak U.S. nonfarm payroll report last Friday. Monday was a public holiday in Japan.
The Nikkei ended 386.33 points higher at 15,808.73, breaking above its 25-day moving average of 15,702.72 and setting its sights on the five-day moving average of 15,828.99.
Still, the benchmark Nikkei is off to a slow start this year after rocketing 57 percent in 2013, energised by Tokyo's massive fiscal and monetary stimulus to revive the world's third-largest economy.
The broader Topix index advanced 2 percent to 1,294.52 on Wednesday, with 2.69 billion shares changing hands, the lowest since December 27.
The JPX-Nikkei Index 400, a new gauge comprised of firms with high return on equity and strong corporate governance to appeal to investors which started trading on January 6, gained 1.4 percent to 11,686.84.