Tokyo shares open 0.83% higher

TOKYO (AFP) - Tokyo shares opened higher Monday, lifted by a rally on Wall Street and a higher dollar.

The headline Nikkei index at the Tokyo Stock Exchange rose 0.83 per cent or 119.96 points to 14,582.13 in the first few minutes of trade.

The strong start came after US shares surged Friday, with the broad-based S&P 500 closing at 1,900.53, breaching 1,900 for the first time.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 63.19, or 0.38 per cent, to 16,606.27, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index rose 31.47, or 0.76 per cent, to 4,185.81.

Meanwhile, a higher dollar, which helps Japanese exporters, was also encouraging investors.

The greenback bought 101.98 yen, slightly higher from 101.92 in New York Friday and from 101.72 yen seen also on Friday in Tokyo.

The euro stood at US$1.3627 and 138.98 yen, from US$1.3632 and 138.91 in New York on Friday.

"The broader signs point to a continuing Nikkei recovery," said Monex chief strategist Takashi Hiroki.

However, the index has faced strong selling pressure in the mid-14,500 area for the past six weeks, with Hiroki expecting the Nikkei to hover between 14,400 and 14,600 for now, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

For the rest of the week, investors will be eyeing a barrage of major US data, including revised GDP figures and housing data.

In Japan, players will see April industrial production, consumer price and household spending figures for the first time since consumption tax was raised from five to eight percent.

The data, to be released on Friday, should serve as a key gauge of the impact of the tax hike.

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