Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 83.26, or 0.9 percent, to 9,500.25 as of 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.
Japan Drilling Co. (1606 JT), an offshore drilling contractor, jumped 5.5 percent to 2,791 yen. The company was rated “outperform” in new coverage at Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (9107 JT), a shipping line, climbed 1.6 percent to 321 yen. The company may have group pretax profit of about 40 billion yen ($492 million) for the six months ended Sept. 30, Nikkei English News reported, without saying how it got the information. That’s higher than the company’s forecast by 4 billion yen, according to the report.
Konami Corp. (9766 JT), a video-game developer, gained 1.5 percent to 1,454 yen. The company had its rating raised to “buy” from “underperform” at Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch.
Matsuya Co. (8237 JT), a department-store chain, soared 16 percent to 485 yen, the most since October 2008. The company doubled its full-year net income forecast to 800 million yen, citing stronger sales and lower costs.
Megane Top Co. (7541 JT), an eyeglass retailer, rose 3.7 percent to 815 yen. The company was rated “overweight” in new coverage at Barclays Capital.
NHK Spring Co. (5991 JT), a maker of autoparts, fell 3.1 percent to 626 yen. Hirose Electric Co. (6806 JT), an electronic-equipment maker, dropped 3.5 percent to 8,310 yen. Ibiden Co. (4062 JT), a maker of ceramics and building materials, lost 3 percent to 1,982 yen. The companies were rated “underweight” in new coverage at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
NOK Corp. (7240 JT), which makes oil seals and rubber products for automobiles, advanced 3.2 percent to 1,408 yen. The company was rated “overweight” in new coverage at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Nomura Holdings Inc. (8604 JT), Japan’s largest brokerage, tumbled 6.2 percent to 427 yen, the steepest slide since September 2009. The Asahi newspaper said the Japanese brokerage may delay its sale of regional lender Ashikaga Holdings Co. (ASHHOZ JP).
Sanei-International Co. (3605 JT) surged by the daily limit of 150 yen, or 18 percent, to 987 yen, the biggest gain since its listing in September 2003. Tokyo Style Co. (8112 JT) lost 3.2 percent to 635 yen. The apparel makers will merge under a holding company, which will allocate one share for each share in Tokyo Style and 1.65 shares for each share in Sanei.
Shimachu Co. (8184 JT), a chain of furniture stores, jumped 7.3 percent to 1,638 yen, the sharpest increase since October 2008. The company projected full-year net income will rise 40 percent to 8.82 billion yen on a parent basis this year.
Tokyo Electron Ltd. (8035 JT), the world’s second-largest semiconductor-equipment maker, increased 2.5 percent to 4,765 yen. The company had its rating raised to “outperform” from “neutral” at Macquarie Group Ltd.
Tokyu Livable Inc. (8879 JT), a real-estate company, leapt 7.6 percent to 992 yen. The company’s first-half net income totaled 1.93 billion yen, beating the company’s forecast 58 percent, according to a preliminary earnings statement.
Toto Ltd. (5332 JT), a maker of bathroom fixtures, retreated 4 percent to 550 yen. The company cut its full-year net income forecast by 17 percent to 5 billion yen after the yen strengthened and the value of its securities holdings declined.
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