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Japanese shares fall on rising yen, U.S. political uncertainty

10/21/2020 | 10:29pm EST

TOKYO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Japanese shares fell on Thursday as a rise in the yen threatened earnings of export-focused stocks, while uncertainty ahead of the U.S. presidential election weighed on sentiment.

The Nikkei 225 Index fell 0.64% to 23,489.27 by 0153 GMT while the broader Topix was down 1.05% at 1,620.32.

The yen jumped to a one-month high against the dollar on Wednesday, pressuring shares of Japanese companies that export autos and consumer goods.

Analysts attributed the yen's move to the broader sell-off in the dollar as investors grow more concerned about stalled negotiations over a new round of U.S. fiscal stimulus.

Some traders are also reducing their exposure to riskier assets ahead of the U.S. elections on Nov. 3, which could cap gains in Japanese shares.

The top underperformers among the Topix 30 on Thursday were Central Japan Railway Co, down 3.78%, followed by drugs maker Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd, losing 3.14%.

Share of ANA Holdings Inc slumped 4.43% to hit the lowest level in more than two months after media reports that the airline will book a record net loss for the fiscal year to March as the pandemic devastates global travel demand.

Weighed down partly by a stronger yen, Toyota Motor Co fell 0.81%, Honda Motor lost 1.67% and Sony Corp slid 0.99%.

The stocks that gained the most among the Topix core 30 names were industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp, up 0.28%, followed by Shin-Etsu Chemical Co Ltd, gaining 0.07%.

There were 44 advancers on the Nikkei index against 176 decliners.

The volume of shares traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board was 0.33 billion, compared with the average of 1.09 billion in the past 30 days. (Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Aditya Soni)

© Reuters 2020
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
ANA HOLDINGS INC. -1.94% 2483 End-of-day quote.-31.82%
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR / JAPANESE YEN (AUD/JPY) -0.33% 76.665 Delayed Quote.0.00%
BRITISH POUND / JAPANESE YEN (GBP/JPY) -0.18% 139.055 Delayed Quote.-3.38%
CANADIAN DOLLAR / JAPANESE YEN (CAD/JPY) -0.18% 80.229 Delayed Quote.-4.45%
CENTRAL JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY 2.47% 14710 End-of-day quote.-33.14%
CHUGAI PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD. 2.96% 4562 End-of-day quote.35.77%
DAIICHI SANKYO COMPANY, LIMITED 3.03% 3643 End-of-day quote.51.20%
EAST JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY 3.83% 6754 End-of-day quote.-31.49%
EURO / JAPANESE YEN (EUR/JPY) -0.08% 124.171 Delayed Quote.1.61%
FANUC CORPORATION 3.75% 25440 End-of-day quote.25.14%
HINO MOTORS, LTD. 3.23% 958 End-of-day quote.-17.56%
HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. 2.72% 3058 End-of-day quote.-1.32%
JAPANESE YEN / SWISS FRANC (JPY/CHF) 0.24% 0.8723 Delayed Quote.-2.09%
NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR / JAPANESE YEN (NZD/JPY) -0.10% 72.811 Delayed Quote.-0.85%
NIKKEI 225 2.50% 26296.86 Real-time Quote.10.61%
NINTENDO CO., LTD. 0.81% 54990 End-of-day quote.25.06%
NIPPON LIGHT METAL HOLDINGS COMPANY, LTD. -1.01% 1770 End-of-day quote.-25.00%
SANKYO CO., LTD. -0.11% 2644 End-of-day quote.-27.06%
SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD. 4.98% 15915 End-of-day quote.31.97%
SONY CORPORATION 2.76% 9490 End-of-day quote.28.23%
THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, LTD. 4.45% 2651 End-of-day quote.22.90%
TOYOTA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION 2.68% 7660 End-of-day quote.21.01%
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION 1.07% 7431 End-of-day quote.-3.67%
US DOLLAR / JAPANESE YEN (USD/JPY) -0.10% 104.489 Delayed Quote.-3.83%
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