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Japanese shares fall on rising yen, U.S. political uncertainty

10/21/2020 | 10:29pm EST

TOKYO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Japanese shares fell on Thursday as a rise in the yen threatened earnings of export-focused stocks, while uncertainty ahead of the U.S. presidential election weighed on sentiment.

The Nikkei 225 Index fell 0.64% to 23,489.27 by 0153 GMT while the broader Topix was down 1.05% at 1,620.32.

The yen jumped to a one-month high against the dollar on Wednesday, pressuring shares of Japanese companies that export autos and consumer goods.

Analysts attributed the yen's move to the broader sell-off in the dollar as investors grow more concerned about stalled negotiations over a new round of U.S. fiscal stimulus.

Some traders are also reducing their exposure to riskier assets ahead of the U.S. elections on Nov. 3, which could cap gains in Japanese shares.

The top underperformers among the Topix 30 on Thursday were Central Japan Railway Co, down 3.78%, followed by drugs maker Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, losing 3.14%.

Share of ANA Holdings Inc slumped 4.43% to hit the lowest level in more than two months after media reports that the airline will book a record net loss for the fiscal year to March as the pandemic devastates global travel demand.

Weighed down partly by a stronger yen, Toyota Motor Co fell 0.81%, Honda Motor lost 1.67% and Sony Corp slid 0.99%.

The stocks that gained the most among the Topix core 30 names were industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp, up 0.28%, followed by Shin-Etsu Chemical Co Ltd, gaining 0.07%.

There were 44 advancers on the Nikkei index against 176 decliners.

The volume of shares traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board was 0.33 billion, compared with the average of 1.09 billion in the past 30 days. (Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Aditya Soni)


© Reuters 2020
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
ANA HOLDINGS INC. 2.45% 2550 End-of-day quote.-29.98%
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR / JAPANESE YEN (AUD/JPY) -0.23% 77.257 Delayed Quote.0.96%
BRITISH POUND / JAPANESE YEN (GBP/JPY) 0.29% 140.125 Delayed Quote.-2.89%
CANADIAN DOLLAR / JAPANESE YEN (CAD/JPY) -0.32% 80.63 Delayed Quote.-3.62%
CENTRAL JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY 2.55% 14280 End-of-day quote.-35.09%
CHUGAI PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD. 0.51% 4971 End-of-day quote.47.95%
DAIICHI SANKYO COMPANY, LIMITED -3.89% 3511 End-of-day quote.45.72%
EAST JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY 2.61% 6989 End-of-day quote.-29.10%
EURO / JAPANESE YEN (EUR/JPY) -0.33% 126.119 Delayed Quote.3.33%
FANUC CORPORATION 0.08% 26195 End-of-day quote.28.85%
HINO MOTORS, LTD. -0.74% 943 End-of-day quote.-18.85%
HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. 1.25% 3085 End-of-day quote.-0.45%
JAPANESE YEN / SWISS FRANC (JPY/CHF) 0.27% 0.8578 Delayed Quote.-3.20%
NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR / JAPANESE YEN (NZD/JPY) -0.50% 73.468 Delayed Quote.0.92%
NIKKEI 225 0.03% 26809.37 Real-time Quote.13.29%
NINTENDO CO., LTD. -1.33% 56250 End-of-day quote.27.93%
NIPPON LIGHT METAL HOLDINGS COMPANY, LTD. 3.79% 1919 End-of-day quote.-18.69%
SANKYO CO., LTD. 2.08% 2655 End-of-day quote.-26.76%
SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD. -0.20% 17690 End-of-day quote.46.68%
SONY CORPORATION 1.53% 9765 End-of-day quote.31.94%
THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LTD. 1.61% 2708 End-of-day quote.25.54%
TOYOTA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION 1.29% 7850 End-of-day quote.24.01%
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION 1.20% 7164 End-of-day quote.-7.13%
US DOLLAR / JAPANESE YEN (USD/JPY) -0.64% 103.833 Delayed Quote.-4.04%
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