Log in
E-mail
Password
Show password
Remember
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
New member
Sign up for FREE
New customer
Discover our services
Settings
Settings
Dynamic quotes 
OFFON
News: Latest News
Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesBusiness LeadersFinance Pro.CalendarSectors 
All NewsEconomyCurrencies & ForexEconomic EventsCryptocurrenciesCybersecurityPress Releases

Nikkei dips below 28,000 as tech stocks track Nasdaq slide

07/16/2021 | 02:37am EDT

TOKYO, July 16 (Reuters) - Japan's benchmark Nikkei share average dipped below the psychologically key 28,000 mark on Friday as tech shares tracked declines on Wall Street overnight, while a continued surge in coronavirus infections dented investor sentiment.

New COVID-19 infections leapt to 1,308 in Tokyo on Thursday, the highest since January, a week before the city hosts the Olympics, which could potentially spark a renewed surge in infections amid the influx of foreign athletes and officials.

"New cases have already surpassed the peak of the fourth wave in May, and we could see the number rising above the January peak," said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

"It is hard to expect the surge in infections to subside any time soon, which obviously delays Japan's economic recovery. That is what markets are pricing in now."

The tech-heavy Nikkei fell as low as 27,847.35 before closing the session 1% down at 28,003.08, tracking Nasdaq Composite-led declines in U.S. shares.

Among components, chipmakers Advantest and Tokyo Electron lost 2.2% and 1.6%, respectively, after rival TSMC signalled plans to build new factories in the United States and Japan, and expand production capacity in China.

Camera manufacturers Nikon Corp and Olympus fell 2% and 1.4%, respectively, while Sony Group Corp sank 2.2%.

The Nikkei's biggest decliner was Eisai, which fell 13% after some large hospitals declined to use an Alzheimer's drug similar to the one it developed with Biogen.

Uniqlo clothing brand-owner Fast Retailing fell 2.6% after trimming its full-year profit forecast.

The broader Topix ended the day 0.4% lower at 1,932.19. The drag from tech shares was clear with the Topix Growth Index sliding 0.7% while the Value Index slipped 0.1%.

Sony was the biggest decliner among the core 30 Topix names. Nintendo, not included in the Nikkei, was also among the worst performers, down 1.2%. SoftBank Group slipped 0.7%.

Among Topix sectors, pharmaceuticals dropped the most, falling 1.9% mainly on account of Eisai. Precision machinery makers were the next biggest decliners, down 1.4%.

Investors largely shrugged off the Bank of Japan's decision to leave stimulus settings unchanged. (Reporting by Kevin Buckland in Tokyo; Additional reporting by Hideyuki Sano; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)


ę Reuters 2021
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
ADVANTEST CORPORATION 0.81% 11220 End-of-day quote.45.15%
BIOGEN INC. -1.74% 286.62 Delayed Quote.19.13%
EISAI CO., LTD. -1.04% 8555 End-of-day quote.16.05%
FAST RETAILING CO., LTD. 2.31% 78880 End-of-day quote.-14.70%
NIKKEI 225 -0.03% 30240.06 Real-time Quote.10.22%
NIKON CORPORATION -1.65% 1308 End-of-day quote.100.92%
NINTENDO CO., LTD. 0.71% 54180 End-of-day quote.-17.70%
OLYMPUS CORPORATION 0.85% 2487 End-of-day quote.10.21%
SOFTBANK GROUP CORP. -0.05% 6624 End-of-day quote.-17.80%
SONY GROUP CORPORATION -0.27% 12965 End-of-day quote.26.06%
TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LIMITED 0.67% 602 End-of-day quote.13.58%
TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED -0.04% 54410 End-of-day quote.41.69%
Latest news "Economy & Forex"
05:55pRefinitiv agrees to pay a civil penalty of $650,000 for failing to report certain swap data -CFTC
RE
05:54pU.S. environment agency urged by 21 states to toughen vehicle emissions rewrite
RE
05:49pFED WILL ALLOW LABOR MARKETS TO 'RUN THEIR COURSE' : Bostic
RE
05:39pChile cenbank to decide on roll-out of digital currency in 2022
RE
05:34pDogecoin Lost 3.36% to $0.201 at 5 p.m. ET -- Data Talk
DJ
05:34pEthereum Lost 3.67% to $2974.94 at 5 p.m. ET -- Data Talk
DJ
05:34pThe WSJ Dollar Index Rises 0.08% to 87.97 -- Data Talk
DJ
05:34pBitcoin Lost 2.09% to $42695.70 at 5 p.m. ET -- Data Talk
DJ
05:34pEuro Lost 0.21% to $1.1696 -- Data Talk
DJ
05:34pSterling Gains 0.17% to $1.3699 -- Data Talk
DJ
Latest news "Economy & Forex"