FamilyMart, Fujifilm, Sony, Takeda: Japanese Stocks Preview

The following companies may have unusual price changes in Japanese trading today. Stock symbols are in parentheses, and share prices are as of the latest close. The information in each item was released after markets shut unless stated otherwise.

Aeon Fantasy Co. (4343 JT): The amusement park operator raised its full-year net-income forecast 6.7 percent to 1.6 billion yen ($21 million) on better-than-expected sales. The stock fell 0.7 percent to 1,202 yen.

All About Inc. (2454 JQ): Dai Nippon Printing Co. (7912 JT), will buy a 32.1 percent stake in All About, an operator of informational Internet sites, from Recruit Co. (RCRITZ JP) and Yahoo Japan Corp. (4689 JT), according to a statement. All About fell 0.3 percent to 29,920 yen. Dai Nippon slid 1 percent to 759 yen, while Yahoo Japan lost 0.6 percent to 24,500 yen.

FamilyMart Co. (8028 JT): Operating profit at the convenience-store chain likely rose 10 percent in the nine-month period through November on growing sales of foods and beverages, the Nikkei newspaper reported, without citing anyone. The stock fell 0.2 percent to 3,055 yen.

Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (4901 JT): Japan’s only maker of photographic film agreed to buy SonoSite Inc. (SONO US) for about $995 million, including debt owed to note holders, expanding its range of imaging products used in medicine. Fujifilm will pay $54 a share in cash for Bothell, Washington-based SonoSite, the companies said in a statement. Fujifilm declined 2.2 percent to 1,841 yen.

Maruzen CHI Holdings Co. (3159 JT): The bookstore chain forecast its full-year loss will widen to 3.25 billion yen from 2.4 billion yen, citing slumping same-store sales. Shares sank 4.2 percent to 226 yen.

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. (7003 JT), Toda Kogyo Corp. (4100 JT): The companies will build a facility in Chiba prefecture, near Tokyo, to make materials for lithium-ion batteries, Toda Kogyo said on its website. Mitsui Engineering slid 2.4 percent to 124 yen, while Toda Kogyo lost 3.1 percent to 617 yen.

Nippon Sheet Glass Co. (5202 JT): The glassmaker will delay its planned production expansion in Vietnam after “reviewing market demand,” it said on its website. The stock fell 2 percent to 146 yen.

Pacific Metals Co. (5541 JT): The ferronickel producer will pay 3 billion yen for a 3.4 percent stake in Singapore-based Strand Minerals Indonesia Pte (3203834Z IJ) from Mitsubishi Corp. (8058 JT), according to statement. Pacific Metals slumped 4.5 percent to 383 yen. Mitsubishi slid 3.6 percent to 1,555 yen.

Park24 Co. (4666 JT): The parking-lot operator forecast full-year net income to surge 38 percent to 9 billion yen with a 12 percent rise in sales, Park24 said in a release. The stock slipped 1.2 percent to 940 yen.

Sharp Corp. (6753 JT): Fitch Ratings cut Sharp’s credit rating to BBB- from BBB with a “stable” outlook, citing slowing electronics demand in the U.S. and Europe, the company’s unprofitable solar business and difficulties turning around its LCD operations. Sharp fell 2 percent to 691 yen.

Sony Corp. (6758 JT): The world’s second-largest maker of video-game consoles said its new PlayStation Vita portable player had sold out in advance orders in Japan. “There were lines to make reservations for the machine at retailers,” Andrew House, chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, told reporters in Tokyo. He declined to provide the number of orders. The stock fell 1.5 percent to 1,345 yen.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. (4502 JT): The nation’s biggest drugmaker and Affymax Inc. (AFFY US) said Takeda won’t sell peginesatide, a therapy for use in anemia treatment due to chronic kidney disease, in Japan. The drugmakers will seek other options for commercialization rights in Japan, including licensing the drug to a third party, according to a statement. Takeda slid 1.2 percent to 3,215 yen.

Unicharm Corp. (8113 JT): The diaper maker cut its full-year net-income forecast 36 percent to 22.4 billion yen, citing higher corporate taxes from a change in accounting methods. Shares rose 1 percent to 3,630 yen.

Vantec Corp. (9382 JT), Hitachi Transport System Ltd. (9086 JT): Hitachi Transport will make Vantec a wholly owned subsidiary, the companies said in a release. Vantec, a provider of logistics and supply-chain services, fell 0.4 percent to 146,900 yen. Hitachi Transport lost 2 percent to 1,280 yen.

W-Scope Corp. (6619 JT): The producer of materials used in lithium-ion batteries will start trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s Mothers market on Dec. 16. The initial offering price was 2,500 yen per share.

Yakult Honsha Co. (2267 JT): The beverage maker will build a plant in Japan’s Okayama prefecture, the company said in a release. Production at its Osaka and Kobe sites will be consolidated at the new factory. The stock slipped 0.9 percent to 2,319 yen.

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