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Machinery stocks seen leading the way on Tokyo exchange in 2018

Market analysts also expect bank shares to rise as Japan exits deflation

Investors are expected to bet on machinery maker and similar stocks in 2018 as research into the internet of things and artificial intelligence translates into more factory orders.

TOKYO -- Machinery and electric machinery are 2018's most promising sectors to invest in, according to market observers surveyed by The Nikkei. Those queried see demand for factory automation, machine tools and sensors increasing in the face of a labor shortage.

The Nikkei asked 10 market experts to pick the top five sectors among the 36 included in the Nikkei 500 Stock Average that they most expect to witness stock price rises next year. Five points were awarded to sectors mentioned in each analyst's No. 1 slot, four points to those in the No. 2 position and so on to 1 point for sectors listed No. 5.

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