Japan’s Nikkei 255 Stock Average, the best performing developed-market benchmark gauge this year, advanced after the lower house endorsed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s nominees for the Bank of Japan’s leadership.
Japanese stock index futures rose, indicating the Nikkei 225 Stock Average will rebound from its first two-day slide in two weeks, as faster-than-forecast growth in U.S. retail sales bolstered optimism in the global recovery.
Seiko Epson Corp., a Japanese printer maker, plunged by its daily limit to a record low in Tokyo trading after cutting its profit forecast 64 percent because of costs to settle a lawsuit by Motorola Mobility LLC.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average rose 154.46, or 1.6 percent, to 10,004.20 at the 3 p.m. close of trading in Tokyo. The following were among the most active shares in the Japanese market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.