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Japan's Nikkei ends lower on chip declines, Topix ticks up on Toyota

06/16/2021 | 02:56am EDT

TOKYO, June 16 (Reuters) - Japan's benchmark Nikkei index ended lower on Wednesday as chip-related stocks tracked overnight weakness in U.S. peers, although hopes for a vaccine-driven domestic economic recovery lifted cyclical shares.

The Nikkei share average fell 0.51% to close at 29,291.01, while the broader Topix ticked up 0.02% to 1,975.86, supported by Toyota Motor as the automaker hit another record high.

"Many investors are holding their bets as they await the outcome of the Federal Reserve meeting, but cyclical stocks that are set to benefit in the post-pandemic era are solid," said Yutaka Miura, senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities.

Wall Street's all three major indexes dropped overnight as markets awaited fresh guidance from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Following declines in the Philadelphia Semiconductor index, chipmaking equipment supplier Tokyo Electron fell 1.1% and semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest ticked down 0.19%.

But shares of energy, material and shipping companies advanced.

Among them, Japan's biggest oil and gas explorer Inpex jumped 3.7% as oil prices hit their highest in more than two years.

Hopes for an economic reopening lifted department store shares, with Takashimaya jumping 2.07% and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings edging up 0.24%.

Conglomerate Hitachi and air-conditioner maker Daikin Industries also supported the Topix by rising 2.48% and 2.22%, respectively.

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha gained 4.94% and was the top gainer on the Nikkei, followed by CyberAgent, which added 3.99%.

The largest loser was Unitika, falling 3.38%, followed by GS Yuasa, losing 3.2%, and Sony Group , down 2.86%.

The volume of shares traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board was 1.03 billion, compared with the average of 1.18 billion in the past 30 days.

The Mothers Index of start-up firm shares fell for the first time in eight days, losing 0.13%.

(Reporting by Junko Fujita; Editing by Aditya Soni)

ę Reuters 2021
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ChangeLast1st jan.
ADVANTEST CORPORATION -0.90% 11000 End-of-day quote.42.30%
CYBERAGENT, INC. 0.41% 2202 End-of-day quote.23.88%
DAIKIN INDUSTRIES,LTD. -2.94% 25895 End-of-day quote.12.98%
GS YUASA CORPORATION 0.58% 2599 End-of-day quote.-12.31%
HITACHI, LTD. -1.91% 6320 End-of-day quote.55.47%
INPEX CORPORATION 0.38% 791 End-of-day quote.42.27%
ISETAN MITSUKOSHI HOLDINGS LTD. -0.88% 792 End-of-day quote.29.84%
KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. 3.28% 7550 End-of-day quote.257.48%
LONDON BRENT OIL 1.37% 76.87 Delayed Quote.44.45%
MIURA CO., LTD. -0.70% 4965 End-of-day quote.-13.80%
NIKKEI 225 -0.67% 29639.4 Real-time Quote.8.00%
SONY GROUP CORPORATION 0.16% 12360 End-of-day quote.20.18%
TAKASHIMAYA COMPANY, LIMITED -0.78% 1149 End-of-day quote.29.83%
TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED -0.39% 53860 End-of-day quote.40.26%
TOYOTA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION -0.73% 9480 End-of-day quote.15.75%
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION -1.10% 9820 End-of-day quote.23.41%
UNITIKA LTD. -2.33% 377 End-of-day quote.-4.31%
WTI 1.70% 73.101 Delayed Quote.46.78%
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