Japan Stocks: Aiful, AOC, Calsonic, Shimadzu, Sumitomo Osaka

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 12.18, or 0.1 percent, to 10,605.65 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.

Aiful Corp. (8515 JT), Japan’s third-biggest consumer lender, surged 34 percent to 118 yen, the biggest advance since March 2009. The company posted net income of 9.69 billion yen ($118 million) in the nine months ended Dec. 31, rebounding from a year-earlier loss.

AOC Holdings Inc. (5017 JT), an oil explorer, jumped 5.8 percent to 552 yen. AOC raised its full-year net income projection to 1.2 billion yen from 100 million yen.

Calsonic Kansei Corp. (7248 JT), an autoparts maker, soared 10 percent to 402 yen, the highest since July 2008. The company boosted its full-year net income outlook 67 percent to 10 billion yen.

Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co. (4151 JT), a drugmaker, declined 2.2 percent to 856 yen. Credit Suisse Group AG cut its investment rating for Kyowa Hakko Kirin to “neutral” from “outperform.”

Ocean System Corp. (3096 JQ), a supermarket owner, climbed 4.5 percent to 819 yen, the largest gain since July 2009. The company said it will buy back up to 5.17 percent of its total shares.

Shimadzu Corp. (7701 JT), a maker of measuring instruments and precision tools, leapt 3.3 percent to 668 yen. The company said nine-month net income more than doubled to 3.64 billion yen from 1.73 billion yen a year earlier.

Showa Denko K.K. (4004 JT), a chemical products maker, slumped 3.7 percent to 185 yen. The company posted a full-year net income of 12.7 billion yen. That was 9.2 percent below the company’s forecast.

Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co. (5232 JT), a cement maker, jumped 6.8 percent to 205 yen, the highest since July 2009, after saying it had a return to nine-month net income of 1.13 billion yen from a year-earlier loss.

Takata Corp. (7312 JT), a maker of automobile safety equipment, rallied 6.3 percent to 2,683 yen. Nine-month net income more than tripled to 16.4 billion yen from 4.77 billion yen a year earlier, as sales gained, Takata said in a release.

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