Japan Stocks: Advantest, ANA, Mitsui O.S.K., Nisshinbo, Oracle

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 67.29, or 0.7 percent, to 10,279.19 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.

Nuclear power generation-related firms: Japanese Trade Minister Akihiro Ohata and Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz signed a memorandum of cooperation on nuclear power generation today in Tokyo.

Kimura Chemical Plants Co. (6378 JT), which constructs machinery and parts for nuclear power plants, surged 8.1 percent to 614 yen, the biggest gain since Feb. 17. Okano Valve Manufacturing Co. (6492 JT), a maker of industrial high-pressure valves, climbed 3.1 percent to 670 yen.

Able Chintai Holdings Inc. (3272 JQ), a provider of real estate brokerage and management services, jumped 4.7 percent to 405 yen. The company will spend as much as 2.3 billion yen ($28 million) to buy back up to 6.65 percent of its outstanding shares.

Advantest Corp. (6857 JT), a semiconductor-equipment maker, lost 1.8 percent to 1,853 yen. Verigy Ltd. (VRGY US) said Advantest raised its takeover offer by 23 percent.

All Nippon Airways Co. (9202 JT) rallied 1.7 percent to 307 yen. The airline’s stock was raised to “neutral” from “sell” at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Ministop Co. (9946 JT), a convenience-store operator, advanced 2.3 percent to 1,316 yen, the highest close since May 14. The company increased its full-year net income forecast by 38 percent to 3.3 billion yen.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (9104 JT), the operator of the world’s largest merchant fleet, lost 2.5 percent to 554 yen. The company had its rating reduced to “sell” from “buy” at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Nippon Express Co. (9062 JT), a freight company, dropped 1.7 percent to 355 yen. The company was rated “sell” in new coverage at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Nishimatsuya Chain Co. (7545 JT), an apparel retailer, retreated 1.9 percent to 762 yen. The company said same-store sales for the month to Dec. 20 fell 13 percent from a year earlier as customer traffic dropped 6.9 percent. Nomura Holdings Inc. cut its rating on the company to “neutral” from “buy.”

Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. (3105 JT), a textile maker, fell 3.2 percent to 899 yen. The company cut its net income outlook by 17 percent to 10 billion yen because of losses on a sale of shares in affiliate companies.

Nittetsu Mining Co. (1515 JT) leapt 7.7 percent to 404 yen, the highest close since April 30. The mining company said it will increase production of copper at its venture in Chile.

Oracle Corp. Japan (4716 JT), a software distributor, climbed 4.7 percent to 4,050 yen, rising the most since June 2009. The company’s revenue for the six months ended Nov. 30 increased 20 percent to 62.2 billion yen on a parent basis.

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