TOKYO, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Japanese shares rose on Wednesday
as markets cautiously eyed the U.S. presidential election, with
gains capped as early results showed tight race between
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
The benchmark Nikkei share average rose 1.42% to
23,626.38 by the midday break, after rallying more than 2% in
early trade to its highest level since February.
The broader Topix gained 0.82% to 1,621.10.
Investors had initially priced in a possible Democratic
sweep by Biden, which could ease political risk while promising
a huge boost to fiscal stimulus.
But gains were capped as worries of a contested election
returned on indications that Trump was narrowly leading Biden in
the vital battleground state of Florida.
Other competitive swing states that will help decide the
election outcome, such as Georgia and North Carolina, remained
up in the air.
Japanese shares are taking cues from volatile U.S. stock
futures, but with selling pressure high after a rally, any
negative catalyst could hurt sentiment, a market participant
Leading gains among the top 30 core Topix were Daiichi
Sankyo Co Ltd up 3.87%, followed by Recruit Holdings Co
Ltd. The underperformers among the Topix 30 were
Nintendo Co Ltd down 2.05%, followed by SoftBank Group
Corp losing 1.33%.
Among the largest percentage gainers in the index were
Fujikura Ltd up 26.15%, followed by NTT Data Corp
gaining 11.54% after both firms logged
better-than-expected earnings results for the fiscal year ending
The largest percentage losses in the index were Japan
Exchange Group Inc down 5.01%, followed by Nexon Co Ltd
losing 2.59% and Z Holdings Corp down by
Elsewhere, the Mothers Index of start-up firm shares
gained more than 2.8%, snapping its four consecutive sessions of
(Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu and Tokyo markets team; Editing by