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TOKYO -- Asian equity markets ended mixed Thursday, as investors in Japan stepped in to buy some oversold technology stocks, but in South Korea and Taiwan tech shares continued tumbling lower.

In Tokyo, the

Nikkei 225

closed up 37.1, or 0.2%, to 15,550.7. But the


index, which includes all shares listed on the

Tokyo Stock Exchange

, fell 5.7, or 0.4%, to 1454.1, as sentiment remained cautious following a poor close by Wall Street Wednesday.

Technology shares that have taken a beating over the past couple of days rebounded with a vengeance. Chipmaker



, which fell 5.3% on Wednesday, surged 110 yen, or 5.1%, to 2,160 ($20.07) and


, which dropped 5.2% Wednesday, rose 65 yen, or 3%, to 2,270.

Things didn't go quite so well for telcos, as

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone


fell 40,000 yen, or 3.6%, to 1.08 million and wireless operator


dropped 80,000 yen, or 2.5%, to 3.08 million.

The dollar was trading down to 107.63 yen from 107.86 Wednesday.

Elsewhere, South Korea's stock market looked like it might recoup part of its 5.3% loss from Wednesday in early trade, but after all was said and done the


index ended down 22.5, or a further 4%, to 534.7.



index fell 235.5, or 3.9%, to 5805.0, as big chipmakers continued to feel the pain and the government reinstated the market's normal limit for a maximum 7% fall per day. Hong Kong's

Hang Seng

index fell 52.2, or 0.4%, to 15,074.8.