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Japan Stocks: Aiful, Citizen, Hanwa, Isuzu, NHK Spring, Skymark

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 38.43, or 0.4 percent, to 9,694.49 at the close of trading in Tokyo. The following were among the most active shares in the Japanese market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.

Aiful Corp. (8515 JT), a consumer-finance company, soared 32 percent to 66 yen, the steepest increase since March 2009. The company booked net income of 3.4 billion yen ($41.9 million) for the April-September period, compared with its forecast of a net loss of 3.25 billion, according to a preliminary earnings statement.

Aloka Co. (7704 JT), which makes medical equipment, surged by the daily limit of 80 yen, or 16 percent, to 570 yen, the most since November 1999. Hitachi Medical Corp. (6910 JT), which said it plans to buy out Aloka, surged 12 percent to 585 yen, the most since April 2002.

Alpha Systems Inc. (4719 JT), a software developer, tumbled 11 percent to 1,419 yen, the lowest close since May 2003. Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. cut its rating on the company to “neutral” from “outperform.”

Can Do Co. (2698 JT), a discount retailer, dropped 2.6 percent to 77,500 yen. The company will sell new shares for 76,416 yen each to raise as much as 607.1 million yen, according to a filing with the nation’s finance ministry.

Citizen Holdings Co. (7762 JT), a watchmaker, lost 3.9 percent to 494 yen. The company cut its forecast for full-year current profit by 8 percent to 11.5 billion yen.

Credit Saison Co. (8253 JT), a credit-card company, jumped 7.3 percent to 1,328 yen. The shares climbed yesterday after the company boosted its full-year profit forecast.

Furukawa Electric Co. (5801 JT), a wire and cable maker, rose 5.1 percent to 332 yen. The company said first-half net income jumped almost fourfold to 7 billion yen as sales increased.

Hanwa Co. (8078 JT), a steel-product wholesaler, slumped 7.3 percent to 294 yen, the lowest close since Dec. 9. Nomura Holdings Inc. lowered its rating on the company to “neutral” from “buy.”

Horiba Ltd. (6856 JT), the world’s largest maker of devices that measure automobile emissions, leapt 11 percent to 2,347 yen, the sharpest gain since Nov. 5 last year. The company increased its full-year net income forecast to 5.8 billion yen from 5.2 billion yen.

Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (3099 JT), a retailer, lost 2.9 percent to 901 yen. The company’s net income for the April-September period lost 90 percent to 413 million yen from a year ago as sales declined.

Isuzu Motors Ltd. (7202 JT), a truck maker, gained 2.1 percent to 338 yen. The company boosted its full-year net income outlook by 30 percent to 52 billion yen, citing lower costs.

Japan Radio Co. (6751 JT), which makes radio-communication equipment, soared by the daily limit of 50 yen, or 27 percent, to 235 yen, the most since May 2003. Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. (3105 JT), a Japanese textile maker, plans to spend as much as 12.5 billion yen to boost its stake in Japan Radio. Nisshinbo slid 1.3 percent to 845 yen.

Japan Steel Works Ltd. (5631 JT), a maker of machinery, gained 2.6 percent to 856 yen. The company increased its full-year net income forecast by 11 percent to 15.5 billion yen.

Kayaba Industry Co. (7242 JT), a maker of hydraulic equipment for automobiles, rose 6.6 percent to 518 yen, the highest close since February 2008. The company boosted its full-year net income forecast by 24 percent to 13.6 billion yen. The company also increased its planned annual dividend to 8 yen a share from 7 yen.

Kyorin Holdings Inc. (4569 JT), a drugmaker, climbed 5 percent to 1,379 yen. The company projected full-year net income of 9.7 billion yen, up 14 percent from its earlier forecast.

Mitsumi Electric Co. (6767 JT), a maker of electronic components, fell 2.6 percent to 1,431 yen. The company had its rating reduced to “underperform” from “neutral” at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co.

NOK Corp. (7240 JT), a maker of oil seals and rubber products, tumbled 5.5 percent to 1,377 yen. The company booked 9.95 billion yen in net income for the six months ended Sept. 30, falling short of its target by 12 percent.

NHK Spring Co. (5991 JT), an autoparts maker, jumped 16 percent to 828 yen, the biggest gain since October 2008. The company said it will invest 7.6 billion yen to set up two ventures in China to make automobile seats. The company increased its full-year net income forecast by 12 percent to 19 billion yen, citing robust orders.

Nippon Electric Glass Co. (5214 JT), a glassmaker, increased 3.4 percent to 1,169 yen. The company was raised to “outperform” from “neutral” at Credit Suisse Group AG.

Obayashi Corp. (1802 JT), a general contractor, retreated 3.8 percent to 327 yen. The company cut its full-year net income outlook 21 percent to 15 billion yen.

Okuma Corp. (6103 JT), a machinery maker, increased 5 percent to 506 yen. The company was raised to “neutral” from “underweight” at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Skymark Airlines Inc. (9204 JT), Japan’s biggest low-cost carrier, plummeted by the daily limit of 150 yen, or 16 percent, to 793 yen, the steepest drop since March 2005. The company said it planned to buy four Airbus SAS A380 superjumbo aircraft.

Toyo Ink Manufacturing Co. (4634 JT), a maker of printing ink, climbed 2.9 percent to 355 yen. The company boosted full-year net income by 43 percent to 10 billion yen.

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