Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 8.09, or 0.1 percent, to 10,900.68 at the close in Tokyo. The following were among the most active shares in the Japanese market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.
All Nippon Airways Co. (9202 JT) climbed 2.8 percent to 291 yen. European airspace that was closed by the volcanic eruption in Iceland will reopen to flights today after transport ministers said planes could fly through thinner parts of the ash plume.
Aoyama Trading Co. (8219 JO) slumped 3.5 percent to 1,518 yen. The menswear retailer was cut to “underperform” from “neutral” by Toshio Takahashi, a Mizuho Securities Co. analyst.
Cybozu Inc. (4776 JT) advanced 6.5 percent to 38,700 yen. The internet software retailer may report an operating profit of 350 million yen for the February to April period, double the previous year, Nikkei English News said, without citing anyone.
Disco Corp. (6146 JT) gained 5.8 percent to 6,370 yen. The maker of precision industrial machinery was boosted to “buy” from “neutral” by Ryohei Takahashi, an analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co., the securities company bought by Bank of America Corp.
Elecom Co. (6750 JQ) ascended 9.6 percent to 756 yen, the highest close since August 2008. The maker of computer peripherals reported full-year net income of 670 million yen, more than its forecast of 100 million yen, according to a preliminary earnings statement.
Hokkaido Electric Power Co. (9509 JT) rose 3 percent to 1,779 yen, its biggest increase since March 2009. The power supplier to Japan’s northernmost island said in a preliminary earnings statement that full-year net income was 7 billion yen, 40 percent more than it expected.
Isuzu Motors Ltd. (7202 JT) jumped 4.6 percent to 274 yen, its highest close since October 2008. Japan’s largest maker of light-duty trucks said in a preliminary earnings statement that full-year net income was 8 billion yen, compared with its earlier estimate for a 5 billion yen loss.
Kyoritsu Printing Co. (7838 JT) soared 37 percent to 186 yen, its biggest gain on record. The commercial printing services company’s full-year net income was 300 million yen, 67 percent more than its forecast, citing an increase in profit from cost reductions.
Macromill Inc. (3730 JT) leapt 7.7 percent to 157,700 yen, the highest since June 2008. The market research company will raise 1.33 billion yen in a share sale to Yahoo Japan Corp. (4689 JT) and merge with a Yahoo unit, Macromill said. Yahoo Japan slipped 0.4 percent to 35,000 yen.
Mazda Motor Corp. (7261 JT) rallied 2.7 percent to 264 yen. The automaker was raised to “buy” from “neutral” by Kota Yuzawa, an analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Nippon Densetsu Kogyo Co. (1950 JT) increased 8.9 percent to 829 yen, the most since October 2008. Nippon Densetsu, which is affiliated with East Japan Railway Co. (9020 JT), said in a preliminary earnings statement that full-year net income jumped 37 percent more than its forecast to 6.3 billion yen, helped by cost reductions. East Japan Railway rose 2.2 percent to 6,550 yen.
Omron Corp. (6645 JO) advanced 2.2 percent to 2,142 yen. The electronics maker said full-year net income was 3.5 billion yen, 17 percent more than it expected.
Sanki Engineering Co. (1961 JT) jumped 9.3 percent to 732 yen, its biggest gain since October 2008. The engineering company said full-year net income was 3 billion yen, double its forecast.
Softbank Corp. (9984 JT) dropped 2.7 percent to 2,124 yen. Japan’s third-largest wireless carrier was lowered to “equalweight” from “overweight” by Barclays Capital.
Softbank Technology Corp. (4726 JT) rose 4.8 percent to 825 yen, its highest close since June 2008. The provider of Internet services said full-year net income was 5.7 percent more than expected at 370 million yen.
Toho Co. (9602 JT) gained 3.8 percent to 1,576 yen, the most since June 2009. The movie maker said full-year net income jumped to 7.88 billion yen from 2.29 billion yen a year earlier.
Zensho Co. (7550 JT) climbed 2.2 percent to 697 yen, the biggest gain since November 2009. The company’s full-year net income was 3.93 billion yen, 47 percent more than it had expected, Zensho said in a preliminary earnings statement.
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