TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) - Japanese shares extended losses
on Wednesday as a stronger yen and dismal earnings reports hurt
sentiment, while Canon Inc slid to a near 21-year low on its
first quarterly loss.
The Nikkei share average fell 0.79% to 22,479.05,
with 44 advancers and 176 decliners on the index.
The broader Topix lost 0.86% to 1,555.65. All but
five of 33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange traded in
The safe-haven yen stood firm, denting market sentiment, as
the dollar remained weak on pessimism over a quick economic
recovery. The Japanese yen rose as high as 104.955 to the dollar
in the previous session, hitting an over 4-month high.
Earnings results from several Japanese firms on Tuesday also
highlighted the toll the coronavirus outbreak is taking on the
Canon Inc dived 13.14% to its lowest level since
March 1999 after the camera and printer manufacturer reported
its first ever quarterly loss.
Nissan Motor slipped 9.47% after the automaker
warned of a record operating loss this year and its lowest sales
in a decade.
Fanuc Corp dropped 7.16% after the factory
automation company forecast its operating profit to decline for
the fiscal year.
Meanwhile, Omron added 2.15%, having touched a
record high early in the session, after the electronics maker
reported upbeat April-June earnings.
Elsewhere, Laox Co Ltd, a Japanese electronics
retailer controlled by Chinese electronics retail giant Suning
Appliance Co Ltd, lost 6.29% after the firm said it would shut
down half of its stores as the coronavirus outbreak kept away
McDonald's Holdings Company Japan dropped 8.08%
after McDonald's Corp said it planned to reduce stake in
(Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu;
Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)