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Japan's Topix falls as shares go ex-dividend; Nikkei gains

03/30/2021 | 02:49am EDT

TOKYO, March 30 (Reuters) - Japan's Topix ended lower on Tuesday, dragged down by stocks that went ex-dividend, while the Nikkei inched up as investors bought back the benchmark after its underperformance against Topix following the Bank of Japan's decision to only buy Topix-linked exchange traded funds.

The Topix lost 0.78% to close at 1,977.86, while the Nikkei index snapped early losses to inch up 0.16% to end at 29,432.70.

"Overall the market was affected by the shares that went ex-dividend," said Koichi Kurose, chief strategist, Resona Asset Management.

"Investors who have bought the Topix since the Bank of Japan's announcement earlier this month to only buy the Topix-linked ETFs are now selling those and buying back the Nikkei."

Topix heavyweights automaker Toyota Motor fell 1.22%, while mobile phone operator KDDI lost 3.11%. Nikkei heavyweight Uniqlo clothing shop operator Fast Retailing jumped 3.17%.

The banking and securities sectors retreated amid fears that global banks could lose more than $6 billion from the downfall of Archegos Capital.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group fell 0.49%, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group slipped 0.96%, respectively.

Nomura Holdings, which plunged 16% on Monday after it flagged $2 billion in losses at a U.S. subsidiary, lost 0.66%.

The airline and shipping industry gained the most among the 33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange, with ANA Holdings jumping 3.49% and Japan Airlines rising 2.53%. Kawasaki Kisen jumped 5.19% and Nippon Yusen gained 3.61%.

J.Front Retailing Co, up 5.24%, was the top gainer on the Nikkei index, followed by Kawasaki Kisen and CyberAgent Inc, up 4.04%.

Japan Post Holdings, down 6.41 %, was the largest percentage loser on the Nikkei, followed by KDDI, and Sumitomo Corp down 3.06%.

There were 89 advancers on the Nikkei index against 128 decliners. (Reporting by Junko Fujita; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)


© Reuters 2021
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ChangeLast1st jan.
ANA HOLDINGS INC. 0.37% 2699 End-of-day quote.18.53%
CYBERAGENT, INC. -2.89% 1985 End-of-day quote.11.67%
EURO / JAPANESE YEN (EUR/JPY) -0.05% 132.12 Delayed Quote.5.06%
FAST RETAILING CO., LTD. -0.64% 72780 End-of-day quote.-21.29%
J. FRONT RETAILING CO., LTD. 0.29% 1054 End-of-day quote.29.33%
JAPAN AIRLINES CO., LTD. 0.49% 2483 End-of-day quote.24.46%
JAPAN POST HOLDINGS CO., LTD. -1.63% 876.8 End-of-day quote.9.22%
KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. -0.78% 5060 End-of-day quote.139.58%
KDDI CORPORATION -0.99% 3689 End-of-day quote.20.32%
MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. -0.32% 652.7 End-of-day quote.43.10%
MIZUHO FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. -1.61% 1530.5 End-of-day quote.17.06%
NIKKEI 225 0.34% 28804.85 Real-time Quote.4.96%
NIPPON YUSEN KABUSHIKI KAISHA 1.57% 7770 End-of-day quote.223.48%
NOMURA CO., LTD. 0.91% 1112 End-of-day quote.30.52%
NOMURA HOLDINGS, INC. -1.70% 554 End-of-day quote.1.65%
POST HOLDINGS, INC. 1.60% 107.3 Delayed Quote.6.23%
RESONA HOLDINGS, INC. -0.52% 440.3 End-of-day quote.22.17%
SUMITOMO CORPORATION -0.19% 1599 End-of-day quote.17.10%
SUMITOMO MITSUI FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. -0.18% 3865 End-of-day quote.21.24%
TOYOTA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION -0.52% 9560 End-of-day quote.16.73%
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION 0.00% 1983.5 End-of-day quote.24.64%
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