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Japan Stocks: Advantest, AnGes, Dai-ichi Life, Fuji Electric

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 63.36, or 0.6 percent, to 10,292.63 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.

Advantest Corp. (6857 JT), the world’s biggest maker of machines used to test memory chips, slumped 1.6 percent to 1,850 yen. “Demand for testers used for dynamic random-access memories is stagnant due to falling DRAM prices and production cutbacks by manufacturers,” said Nomura Holdings Inc. said in a Japanese-language report dated yesterday.

AnGes MG Inc. (4563 JT), a gene-therapy drug developer, soared 8.7 percent to 122,700 yen. The company said it has entered a license agreement with Shionogi & Co. (4507 JT) to jointly develop a treatment for atopic dermatitis. Shionogi fell 0.1 percent to 1,609 yen.

Asahi Printing Co. (3951 JT), a maker of labels and paper containers, leapt 2.4 percent to 1,567 yen. The company said it will buy back up to 0.4 percent of its total shares.

Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. (8750 JT), Japan’s second-biggest life insurer, rose 2.1 percent to 133,600 yen. The insurer plans to buy full control of Tower Australia Group Ltd. (TAL AU) for about 100 billion yen ($1.2 billion), its biggest overseas acquisition.

Daito Pharmaceutical Co. (4577 JT), a drugmaker, surged by its daily limit of 150 yen, or 19 percent, to 936 yen, the biggest gain since its listing of March 24. The company raised its full-year net income outlook 19 percent to 950 million yen and increased its planned dividend for this fiscal year to 20 yen to 15 yen.

Fuji Electric Holdings Co. (6504 JT), a maker of electric machinery and electronic devices, gained 3.3 percent to 254 yen. The company will sell modules for converting large-volumetric power next month to meet growing demand for power semiconductors used by generators of solar-power and wind-power, Fuji Electric said in a release on its Website.

Higashi-Nippon Bank Ltd. (8536 JT), a regional lender, increased 3.5 percent to 179 yen, the highest since April 27. The bank said it will buy back and retire 10 million preferred shares to repay public funds to the Japanese government.

Ministop Co. (9946 JT), a convenience store chain, advanced 3.6 percent to 1,392 yen, the highest since October 2009. The retailer was boosted to “outperform” from “neutral” by Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co.

Nachi-Fujikoshi Corp. (6474 JT), the bearings maker, gained 3.4 percent to 272 yen. The company probably had a return to a current profit, or pretax profit from operations, of about 6.5 billion yen in the fiscal year ended November, beating its forecast by 500 million yen, on more-than-expected sales of car bearings in emerging countries, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

Sala Corp. (2734 JT), an energy-supply company, jumped 9.3 percent to 459 yen, the steepest advance since October 2008. The company said in a preliminary earnings statement that full-year net income totaled 210 million yen, 40 percent more than its profit outlook.

Weathernews Inc. (4825 JT), a weather forecasting service company, rallied 2.4 percent to 1,503 yen, the highest since September 2009. The company said first-half net income climbed 47 percent to 690 million yen from a year earlier.

Zojirushi Corp. (7965 JO), a maker of electric kitchen appliances, climbed 2.4 percent to 216 yen. The company said full-year net income almost doubled to 1.15 billion yen from 582 million yen a year earlier.

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