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Nikkei dips but stimulus, vaccine hopes lift Tokyo shares

12/01/2020 | 10:25pm EDT

TOKYO, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average on Wednesday dipped on profit-taking, though the Tokyo stock market was supported by investor hopes for additional stimulus and economic boosts from expected coronavirus vaccine rollouts.

Nikkei share average dipped 0.1% to 26,756.37 after touching a 29-1/2-year high earlier in the session.

The broader Topix rose 0.25% to 1,772.87 with about 55% of shares on the main board making gains and another 5% holding flat.

"With the Nikkei so close to the 27,000, investors are getting a bit cautious. We've priced in a lot of good news. But I don't think the market will fall that much either," said Naoya Oshikubo, senior economist at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management.

The gains in Topix came as U.S. politicians put forth a flurry of proposals on coronavirus relief packages after a month-long partisan standoff.

Hopes that vaccines can reduce the need for strict social restrictions next year also underpinned the market, especially value shares.

Honda Motor rose 4.0% while Takeda Pharmaceutical added 2.8% and retailer Seven&i Holdings climbed 2.8%.

Topix value rose 0.89%, outperforming 0.25% gains in growth shares.

The Nikkei was pressured by a 3.4% drop in Recruit Holdings , which said its shareholders will sell 416.8 billion yen ($4 billion) worth of shares in the company to overseas investors.

Some other large-cap growth shares were bruised by profit-taking, with Sony shedding 1.9% and Hoya losing 1.9%.

Ito en lost 3.8% after the beverage firm cut its annual net profit outlook by more than a half.

Nishimatsuya Chain dropped 3.2% after the retailer of kids clothes' earnings upgrade prompted profit-taking from the shares' 60% gains so far this year.

Workman fell 5.5% after the clothing retailer's November sales grew 8.6% but came in short of market expectations.

(Reporting by Hideyuki Sano, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

ę Reuters 2020
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. 1.37% 3477 End-of-day quote.20.83%
HOYA CORPORATION 3.21% 17225 End-of-day quote.20.71%
ITO EN, LTD. 1.83% 7230 End-of-day quote.10.72%
NIKKEI 225 1.81% 29068.63 Real-time Quote.5.92%
NISHIMATSUYA CHAIN CO., LTD. 0.96% 1473 End-of-day quote.-0.54%
RECRUIT HOLDINGS CO., LTD. 1.51% 7350 End-of-day quote.70.10%
SEVEN & I HOLDINGS CO., LTD. 1.13% 4813 End-of-day quote.31.54%
SONY GROUP CORPORATION 2.67% 12890 End-of-day quote.25.33%
SUMITOMO MITSUI FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. 1.63% 3867 End-of-day quote.21.30%
SUMITOMO MITSUI TRUST HOLDINGS, INC. 1.77% 3842 End-of-day quote.20.93%
TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY LIMITED 0.06% 3232 End-of-day quote.-13.93%
WORKMAN CO.,LTD. 0.16% 6250 End-of-day quote.-28.98%
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