Advantest, Ibiden, Komatsu, Mazda, Nippon Sheet, Sharp: Equity Preview

The following companies may have unusual price changes in Japanese trading today. Stock symbols are in parentheses, and share prices are from the previous close. The information in each item was released after markets closed, unless stated otherwise.

Advantest Corp. (6857 JT): The world’s biggest maker of chip-testing testing equipment said its full-year net loss was 11.45 billion yen, compared with a loss of 74.9 billion yen a year earlier. Separately, President Haruo Matsuno said he expects orders for chip-testing equipment to double in the current fiscal year, the Nikkei newspaper reported on its Internet service. The stock climbed 1.6 percent to 2,516 yen.

Asahi Glass Co. (5201 JT): The maker of glass for liquid- crystal displays may post about 55 billion yen group operating profit for the quarter ended last month, results that may lead the company to raise its annual forecasts, Nikkei English News reported. The stock rose 1 percent to 1,118 yen.

Central Japan Railway Co. (9022 JT), East Japan Railway Co. (9020 JT): The train operators will receive state backing for a bid to build a high-speed railway in the U.S., Japan’s Transport Minister Seiji Maehara said.

Separately, Central Japan Railway has opted to delay the introduction of linear-motor bullet trains by about three years from the original schedule of 2025, Nikkei English News reported. Central Japan Railway declined 0.8 percent to 748,000 yen. East Japan Railway was unchanged at 6,680 yen.

Dainippon Screen Manufacturing Co. (7735 JT): The chip- equipment maker said in a preliminary earnings statement its full-year net loss was 8 billion yen, narrower than its forecast of 10.5 billion yen. The stock rose 3 percent to 545 yen.

East Japan Railway Co. (9020 JT): The railway operator expects net income of 139 billion yen for the current fiscal year, compared with 120 billion yen last year. The stock was unchanged at 6,680 yen.

Hitachi Chemical Co. (4217 JT): The chemical maker said full-year net income surged to 23.5 billion yen from 2.7 billion yen a year earlier. The stock increased 0.1 percent to 2,090 yen.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. (6756 JT): The maker of chip- manufacturing equipment’s full-year net loss was 1.8 billion yen, compared with a 24.9 billion yen loss a year earlier. The stock declined 3.3 percent to 984 yen.

Ibiden Co. (4062 JT): The maker of ceramics and building materials expects net income to rise to 18.2 billion yen this fiscal year from 11.9 billion yen last year, the company said. Ibiden cut its planned year-end dividend to 30 yen a share from 45 yen. The stock dropped 0.7 percent to 3,575 yen.

JS Group Corp. (5938 JT): The housing materials maker may have operating profit of 26 billion yen for the fiscal year, topping its prior forecast of 22 billion yen, Nikkei English News reported. Sales may be 980 billion yen, missing a 1 trillion yen forecast, Nikkei said. The stock was unchanged at 1,844 yen.

JX Holdings Inc. (5020 JT): The energy company plans to spend 500 billion yen to develop copper mine and oil fields during a three-year period through fiscal 2012, Nikkei English News reported. The stock retreated 0.9 percent to 531 yen.

Koito Manufacturing Co. (7276 JT): The auto-parts company expects net income to rise to 11 billion yen this year from 6.22 billion yen a year earlier, the company said. The stock advanced 2.5 percent to 1,516 yen.

Komatsu Ltd. (6301 JT): The world’s second-biggest maker of construction equipment expects net income of 90 billion yen this fiscal year. Profit for the year ended March 31 fell 57 percent to 33.6 billion yen, company said. The stock increased 1.2 percent to 1,904 yen.

Kyocera Corp. (6971 JT): The electronic-component maker expects net income of 85 billion yen this fiscal year. Profit for the year ended March 31 rose 36 percent to 40.1 billion yen from a year earlier, the company said. The stock gained 1.8 percent to 9,660 yen.

Mazda Motor Corp. (7261 JT): Japan’s second-largest car exporter expects to earn 5 billion yen in profit this fiscal year after a net loss of 6.48 billion yen loss in the year ended March 31. The stock advanced 1.4 percent to 281 yen.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (7011 JT): The manufacturer is in talks to acquire a 2 percent stake in Areva SA for more than 40 billion yen, the Asahi newspaper reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the plan. The stock climbed 1.8 percent to 393 yen.

Monex Group Inc. (8698 JT): The provider of investing services said its full-year net income was 3.78 billion yen, compared with a net loss of 2.14 billion yen a year earlier. The stock slid 0.1 percent to 46,450 yen.

Nippon Electric Glass Co. (5214 JT): The glassmaker said full-year net income was 54.9 billion yen, compared with 21.8 billion yen a year earlier. The stock rose 1.5 percent to 1,353 yen.

Omron Corp. (6645 JO): The electronics maker expects 20 billion yen net income for the current fiscal year. Profit for the year ended March 31 was 3.52 billion yen, compared with a net loss of 29.2 billion yen a year earlier, the company said. The stock climbed 3.4 percent to 2,255 yen.

PanaHome Corp. (1924 JT): The homebuilder expects net income of 2.6 billion yen this fiscal year. Profit for the year ended March 31 fell 18 percent to 2.43 billion yen from a year earlier, the company said. The stock slid 0.3 percent to 614 yen.

Panasonic Electric Works Co. (6991 JT): The subsidiary of Panasonic Corp. (6752 JT) reported annual net income of 8.5 billion yen after a net loss of 13.8 billion yen the previous year. Panasonic Electric shares climbed 0.1 percent to 1,214 yen. Panasonic Corp.’s stock increased 1.8 percent to 1,410 yen.

Ricoh Co. (7752 JT): The maker of office equipment expects net income of 35 billion yen for the current fiscal year. The company said profit for the year ended March 31 was 27.9 billion yen, compared with 6.53 billion yen a year earlier. The stock lost 0.7 percent to 1,636 yen.

Seiko Epson Corp. (6724 JT): The communications equipment maker may produce a group operating profit of almost 30 billion yen for the fiscal year through March 2011, about 50 percent more than the estimate for fiscal 2009, Nikkei English News reported. The stock gained 1.4 percent to 1,696 yen.

SBI Holdings Inc. (8473 JT): The financial-services company said full-year net income was 2.35 billion yen, compared with a net loss of 18.4 billion yen a year earlier. The stock declined 1.6 percent to 20,780 yen.

Sharp Corp. (6753 JT): Japan’s largest maker of liquid- crystal displays said it expects profit to rise to 50 billion yen for the current fiscal year. Profit for the year ended March 31 was 4.4 billion yen, compared with a net loss of 125 billion yen a year earlier. The stock gained 2 percent to 1,254 yen.

Softbank Corp. (9984 JT): Japan’s third-largest wireless carrier said full-year net income was 96.7 billion yen, compared with 43.2 billion yen a year earlier. The stock increased 0.3 percent to 2,195 yen.

Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd. (6302 JT): The machine producer raised its planned year-end dividend to 4 yen a share from 3 yen. The stock rose 3.4 percent to 607 yen. The company said in a preliminary earnings statement its full-year net income was 13 billion yen, compared with its 5 billion yen forecast.

Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co. (8403 JT): The trust bank and commercial banking-services company said in a preliminary earnings statement its full-year net income was 53 billion yen, 18 percent more than its forecast. The stock rose 0.9 percent to 590 yen.

Tokyo Electron Ltd. (8035 JT): The maker of semiconductor equipment said in a preliminary earnings statement its full-year net loss was 9 billion yen, compared with its 11 billion yen loss forecast. The stock fell 0.6 percent to 6,410 yen.

Toray Industries Inc. (3402 JT): The maker of synthetic fiber and Daimler AG plan to team up to develop carbon fiber parts for Mercedes-Benz cars starting in 2012, Nikkei English News reported. Toray Industries climbed 0.6 percent to 544 yen.

Yahoo Japan Corp. (4689 JT): The operator of Japan’s most- visited Internet portal said full-year net income rose 12 percent to 83.5 billion yen from a year earlier. The stock gained 3.9 percent to 38,400 yen.

To contact the reporters on this story: Kana Nishizawa in Tokyo at knishizawa5@bloomberg.net; Anna Kitanaka in Tokyo at akitanaka@bloomberg.net.

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