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Japan's Stocks Decline as Falling Oil Drags on Energy Explorers

  • Oil slid into its first bear market in 10 months on Tuesday
  • Profit-taking seen amid weak overseas environment: Japan Asia

Shares in Tokyo slipped, halting a three-day rally as crude oil declined and the yen gained against the greenback.

Oil tumbled into its first bear market in 10 months on Tuesday, pulling energy-related stocks down in Japan amid concerns unceasing production from U.S. shale fields is overwhelming OPEC efforts to ease a global supply glut. Banks and chemical products makers weighed the most on the benchmark Topix. Trading volume on the Topix was 12 percent below the 30-day average.

“Japanese stocks have risen for three days, and with the overseas environment a little weak, it’s easier for profit-taking to take the lead,” said Mitsuo Shimizu, deputy general manager at Japan Asia Securities in Tokyo. “It’s difficult to judge whether the oil drop is due to a slowdown in growth or if it’s merely a matter of oversupply.”

“Much of today’s decline is due to profit-taking” after the past few day’s gains, said Hitoshi Asaoka, a strategist at Asset Management One Co. in Tokyo. “Japanese stocks’ sense of cheaper valuation seems to be approaching its limit.”

Summary

  • Topix -0.4% to 1,611.56 at the close in Tokyo
  • Nikkei 225 -0.5% at 20,138.79
  • Yen +0.2% at 111.23 per dollar
  • Cyberdyne +7.8% after filing for U.S. FDA approval to market Medical HAL
  • Dentsu -1.6%; cut to neutral from overweight at MUFJ-MS
  • Horiba +2.8%; raised to overweight from neutral at MUFJ-MS
  • Japan Tobacco -1.5%; downgraded to underperform from hold at Jefferies
  • Nippon Electric Glass +2.5%; raised to buy at Citi
  • Taiyo Yuden +3.1%; Taiwan’s Economic Daily News reports competitor Yageo will raise prices for some capacitors 15%-30%
  • Tsukiji Uoichiba +9.1%; Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike yesterday announced plans to move fish market temporarily to Toyosu while redeveloping existing land in Tsukiji

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