TOKYO -- Traders were busy closing out positions before a long weekend in Tokyo, but the mood was upbeat as the market started to focus on the expected jump in fiscal first-half profits of many large technology firms.
index rose 22.76 to close at 16,213.28, while the
index, which includes all shares on the
Tokyo Stock Exchange's
first section, climbed 0.54 to finish at 1483.59. The
small-cap index fell 0.04 to stand at 78.06, while the Nikkei
index shed 1.74 to end at 1642.31.
Local papers have been in a rush to print fiscal first-half profit estimates for many of the large electronic parts makers beforethe first half ends Sept. 30. This in turn boosted market sentiment, enough to beat out pressure from unwinding cross-shareholdings in large blue-chips, traders said.
Among investors' current favorites are
, up 50 yen, or 1.8%, to 2830 ($26.42), game maker
, up 840, or 9.3%, to 9900 and
, up 27, or 2.7%, to 1015.
Japan's auto sector keeps changing face, this time with
. U.S. auto giant
said overnight it would
double its current stake in Suzuki to 20%.
Shares of the
Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi
fell 17, or 1.3%, to 1252 despite news of a share swap with other conglomerate member financial institutions. Late Wednesday, the
Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group
, the holding company under which BTM and two other Mitsubishi group banks are set to reorganize, said it aims to post 490 billion yen in net profits in fiscal 2003. The holding company, scheduled to be set up by April, will be made up of BTM,
Mitsubishi Trust & Banking
Nippon Trust Bank
The greenback edged higher against the yen recently to buy 107.13.
index edged 234.35 points lower, or 1.4%, to close at 16,395.43. Action was largely profit-taking in property shares.
was flat at HK$96.75 ($12.41), while
New World Development
slid 0.15, or 1.2%, to 12.05.
Investors worried about the supply-demand ratio for
Pacific Century Cyberworks
put a dent in share prices today, down 0.65, or 5.3%, to 11.55. Many investors are afraid
Cable & Wireless
will dump its stake in Pacific Century in the next few weeks and flood the market. There's also talk that the share placement may be below current prices, which hurt sentiment even further.
Higher oil prices also affected airline shares, with
shedding 0.60, or 4.1%, to 14.05.
index shed 239.37, or 3.2%, to close at 7152.29 after investors dumped shares of computer parts makers on expectations of slowing demand for personal computers. Meanwhile, Korea's
index fell 3.54 to stand at 650.14.