Tuesday, September 26

Japanese shares rise as tech stocks jump

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TOKYO — Japanese shares rose on Tuesday led by technology heavyweights, as the market rebounded from a two-week low hit in the previous session following limited losses on the Wall Street overnight.

By 0215 GMT, the Nikkei share average had gained 0.9% to 28,128.04 and the broader Topix had advanced 1.03% to 1,964.02.

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“Wall Street declined overnight but their losses were limited, which underpinned sentiment for the Japanese market,” said Seiichi Suzuki, chief equity market analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Institute.

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“US futures gain is another positive factor.”

US stocks closed lower on Monday, adding to last week’s sharp losses on nagging concerns about the Federal Reserve’s determination to aggressively hike interest rates to fight inflation even as the economy slows.

In Japan, chip making equipment maker Tokyo Electron rose 1.22% and was the biggest boost for the Nikkei, followed by technology investor SoftBank Group, which rose 1.04%. Phone company KDDI rose 2.23%.

NEC surged 6.81% after the computer maker announced buying back up to 2.46% of its own shares.

Olympus rose 1.76% after the medical equipment maker agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for 427.6 billion yen ($3.1 billion), in what would be the Japanese company’s biggest divestment yet.

Oisix Ra Daichi rose 4.38% after the grocery delivery firm announced an offer to buy a stake in restaurant operator Shidax.

Shidax tanked 7.87% as the offer price was lower than the close of the previous session. There were 198 advancers on the Nikkei index against 22 decliners.

The volume of shares traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s main board was 0.46 billion, compared to the average of 1.11 billion in the past 30 days. (Reporting by Junko Fujita; Editing by Rashmi Aich)