By Stanley White
TOKYO, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose for a fourth consecutive session on Wednesday on growing expectations the United States and China are nearing an agreement to scale back their bruising trade war.
The Nikkei index closed up 0.28% at 23,437.77, with advancers in the IT sector and industrial equipment sector pacing gains. So far this year, the index is up 16.78%.
Japanese shares extended gains, in line with a rally in equities globally, after U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Washington was in the "final throes" of work on a deal that would defuse a 16-month trade war with Beijing.
Trump's optimistic comments came one day after top negotiators from the two countries spoke by telephone and agreed to keep working on remaining issues. type of risk-on mood will continue into next year," said Kiyoshi Ishigane, chief fund manager at Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management Co in Tokyo.
"The U.S. economy is doing well. Japan is leaning toward more fiscal stimulus. We also have more indications that the U.S. and China will reach a trade agreement."
Domestically, Japanese stocks also drew support from the growing chance of extra fiscal stimulus. A senior ruling party official on Wednesday said he believes the government is striving to compile a stimulus spending package worth around 10 trillion yen ($92 billion). politicians have been calling for more fiscal spending to revive slowing growth. were 150 advancers on the Nikkei index against 72 decliners on Wednesday.
The largest percentage gainers in the index were semiconductor manufacturing equipment maker Screen Holdings Co Ltd 7735.T , up 4.56%, followed by Hitachi Construction Machinery Co Ltd 6305.T , which rose 3.78% and property developer Tokyo Tatemono Co Ltd 8804.T , up 3.76%.
The largest percentage losses in the index were Internet services firm Z Holdings Corp 4689.T , down 3.13%, followed by construction and engineering company JGC Holdings Corp 1963.T , which lost 2.64%, and medical equipment maker Olympus Corp 7733.T , down 2.36%.
The Topix index .TOPX rose 0.31% to 1,710.98.
The volume of shares traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board .TOPX was 1.08 billion, below the average of 1.29 billion over the past 30 days. ($1 = 108.6400 yen)
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