Economy Nikkei rebounds from five-month low as Sony, Toyota advance

Economy Nikkei rebounds from five-month low as Sony, Toyota advance


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TOKYO, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average rebounded from a five-month low on Thursday, buoyed by video-game makers Sony and Nintendo, after China ramped up its monetary easing measures to shore up a slowing economy by lowering a set of key policy rates.

The Nikkei (.N225) was up 0.46% at 27,594.29 by the midday break. The benchmark survived a sharp mid-morning dip, which pushed the index to its lowest intraday level since Aug. 23, after China’s surprise interest rate cut initially stoked fears of an economic slowdown.

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“The Nikkei has dropped to a level where it looks cheap, tempting investors to come in and buy the dip,” said a market participant at a domestic securities firm.

Video-game maker Konami Holdings (9766.T) rallied 5.26% to be the biggest percentage gainer in the Nikkei. Sony (6758.T) added 3.83%, recovering from a nearly 13% slide hit in the previous session. Nintendo (7974.T) rose 2.35%.

Retailers also gained, with department store operator Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings (3099.T) jumping 4.49% while Uniqlo store operator Fast Retailing (9983.T) advanced 0.99% to be the Nikkei’s biggest gainer by index points.

Among other notable winners were Toyota Motor (7203.T) and SoftBank Group (9984.T) with a gain of 1.15% and 0.87%, respectively.

The broader Topix (.TOPX) rose 0.45%. The Topix growth share index (.TOPXG) jumped 0.65%, outpacing a 0.27% rise in the value index (.TOPXV).

Japanese chipmakers, however, tracked their U.S. peers lower, with Tokyo Electron (8035.T) sliding 1.90%, Advantest dropping 1.57% and Renesas Electronics (6723.T) losing 0.58%.

Shippers were the biggest losers, with Kawasaki Kisen (9107.T) tumbling 9.48%, Mitsui OSK Lines (9104.T) shedding 8.70% and Nippon Yusen (9101.T) dropping 5.61, making them the Nikkei’s three biggest percentage decliners.

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Reporting by Tokyo markets team; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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