TOKYO, March 26 (Reuters) - Japanese shares closed higher on
Friday, with SoftBank leading the gains on the Nikkei index, as
investors scooped up beaten-down names after their sharp retreat
The Nikkei share average ended 1.56% higher at
29,176.70, while the broader Topix advanced 1.46% to
close at 1,984.16.
For the week, the Nikkei shed 2% and the Topix was down
"This is a reaction from a sharp fall this week," said
Takashi Hiroki, chief strategist at Monex Securities.
"Investors have been selling stocks to rebalance their
portfolios toward the end of the fiscal year ending March and
that weighed on the indexes."
Aiding sentiment, Wall Street closed higher overnight on
renewed optimism for economic recovery after U.S. President Joe
Biden pledged to double his administration's vaccination rollout
Nikkei heavyweight SoftBank Group rose 1.8%, making
it the biggest contributor to the index, followed by chip
testing equipment maker Advantest, which jumped 4.65%.
Uniqlo brand clothing store operator Fast Retailing
, up 0.88%, also lifted the Nikkei index.
Toyota Motor and Sony were the biggest
contributors to the Topix, rising 2.48% and 1.96%, each.
All the 33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange traded
higher, with transport sector leading gains.
The largest percentage gainers on the index were IHI
up 5.13%, followed by Aeon's 4.79% gain.
Citizen Watch, down 1.76 %, was the biggest
percentage loser on the index, followed by Showa Denko
losing 1.71 % and Tokai Carbon falling 1.52 %.
There were 195 advancers on the Nikkei index against 25
(Reporting by Junko Fujita; editing by Uttaresh.V)