Japan Stocks: AGS, Contractors, Calbee, IHI, Orient, THK

Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average rose 179.95, or 1.7 percent, to 10,254.43 at 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.

General contractors: Shares of general contractors advanced after an earthquake of magnitude 8.8 struck northeast of Tokyo. Kajima Corp. (1812 JT) rose 1.9 percent to 212 yen. Taisei Corp. (1801 JT) climbed 1.6 percent to 186 yen. Shimizu Corp. (1803 JT) gained 1.2 percent to 336 yen.

1st Holdings Inc. (3644 JQ), a software developer, jumped 7.8 percent to 550 yen. The company said it will acquire VarioSecure Networks Inc. (3809 JP), which provides network security services, for 6.7 billion yen ($81 million).

AGS Corp. (3648 JT), a provider of information-technology services, was traded at 878 yen, compared with an initial public offering price of 950 yen. The company was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today.

Calbee Inc. (2229 JT), a maker of snacks including potato chips, was traded at 2,221 yen, compared with an initial public offering price of 2,100 yen. The company was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today.

IHI Corp. (7013 JT), a heavy-machinery maker, retreated 4.3 percent to 203 yen. The company said in a filing with Japan’s finance ministry yesterday it plans to sell 20 billion yen of five-year convertible bonds to overseas investors. The company increased the size of the bond sale to 23 billion yen from 20 billion yen today.

K’s Holdings Corp. (8282 JT), an electronics retailer, declined 3.1 percent to 2,675 yen. The company had its rating cut to “neutral” from “outperform” at Mizuho Securities Co.

Orient Corp. (8585 JT), a consumer credit provider, surged 12 percent to 113 yen. The stock will move to the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange from the second section on March 17, according to a statement from the company.

Star Micronics Co. (7718 JT), a maker of printers and card readers, climbed 2.2 percent to 929 yen. The company had 160 million yen in net income for the year ended Feb. 28, compared with its forecast of a net loss of 800 million yen, according to a preliminary earnings statement.

THK Co. (6481 JT), a maker of industrial machinery, dropped 4.6 percent to 2,012 yen. The company had its rating reduced to “neutral” from “outperform” at Daiwa Securities Group Inc.

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