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Japanese shares fall as rise in U.S. bond yields weigh on tech stocks

08/21/2022 | 11:07pm EST

TOKYO, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Japanese shares fell on Monday, dragged down by heavyweight technology companies, after a rise in U.S. bond yields sent Wall Street lower last week.

By 0206 GMT, the Nikkei share average was down 0.5% to 28,792.16. The index fell as much as 1.2% earlier in the session eased their losses after China cut its benchmark lending rates.

The broader Topix edged lower 0.2% 1,990.45.

"Japanese market tracked Wall Street's declines on the weekend, but moreover investors were concerned about inflation in Europe, which is higher than expected," said Shuji Hosoi, senior strategist at Daiwa Securities.

"The yields rose because of that and that spurred concerns about economic slowdown. Today Japanese manufacturers were hit by these worries."

Rise in U.S. yields and slowdown concerns due to fears of policy tightening on inflationary pressures in Europe, including the UK, hit Japanese companies who are mainly exporters, he added.

U.S. stocks fell on Friday in a broad selloff led by megacaps as U.S. bond yields rose, with the S&P 500 posting losses for the week after four straight weeks of gains.

Amazon.com, Apple <AAPL.O and Microsoft all fell and were the biggest drags on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. Higher rates tend to be a negative for tech and growth stocks, whose valuations rely more heavily on future cash flows.

Chip-making equipment maker Tokyo Electron was the biggest drag on the Nikkei, dropping 2.17%. Robot maker Fanuc lost 1.31% and silicon wafer maker Shin-Etsu Chemical 1.44%. Energy related shares rose. Inpex Corp rose 3.48% and was the top gainer on the Nikkei, followed by Idemitsu Kosan , gaining 2.53%. Drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo rose 2.47%. There were 83 advancers on the Nikkei index against 135 decliners. (Reporting by Junko Fujita; Editing by Rashmi Aich)


ę Reuters 2022
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AMAZON.COM, INC. -1.63% 92.42 Delayed Quote.-43.65%
DAIICHI SANKYO CO., LTD. -0.57% 4536 Delayed Quote.55.97%
FANUC CORPORATION 0.07% 20460 Delayed Quote.-16.14%
IDEMITSU KOSAN CO., LTD. 2.06% 3220 Delayed Quote.7.42%
INPEX CORPORATION 1.70% 1554 Delayed Quote.52.50%
MICROSOFT CORPORATION -0.59% 240.33 Delayed Quote.-26.41%
SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD -0.82% 17515 Delayed Quote.-11.35%
TOKYO ELECTRON LTD. -1.08% 44810 Delayed Quote.-31.65%
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