Nomura to promote Japanese stocks in US and Europe

jueves 5 de junio de 2008 09:05 CEST

By Junko Fujita and Emi Emoto

TOKYO, June 5 (Reuters) - Nomura Holdings Inc (8604.T: Cotización), Japan's largest brokerage, will launch a global campaign to market Japanese stocks this month as foreigners remain underweight Japan.

Seiichiro Iwasawa, Nomura's chief strategist, and Sean Darby, its chief strategist Asia, will visit investors in Europe and U.S. in a campaign named Nomura Pan-Asia Equity Caravan 2008, Hiromasa Yamazaki told Reuters in an interview.

"We are strongly convinced that Japanese stocks are recovering and will continue this momentum," he said.

The Nikkei share average .N225 gained about 22 percent until today since the year's low hit on March 17 on receding pessimism about financial crisis. The index lost 11.1 percent in 2007.

Foreign investors have been net buyers for eight straight weeks ending on May 23, the Tokyo Stock Exchange data shows.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N: Cotización) said it saw "the substantial rise in interest in Japan" in a visit to U.S. investors in the last week of May, according to a report published on June 2.

"While other stock markets have struggled to make headway in the face of higher inflation and oil prices, Japan has quietly outperformed the rest of the world by more than 10 percent since mid-March," said the report authored by Kathy Matsui and others.

Nomura's campaign will start in Switzerland on June 23, Yamazaki said. They will visit Frankfurt, Paris, London before finishing the tour on July 1 in Boston. Analysts based in Japan and Hong Kong will also meet investors there, he said.   Continuación...