TOKYO -- Most Asian equity markets closed higher Tuesday, as investors in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong snapped up the shares that had been sold at considerably lower levels over the past few days.
In Tokyo, the
closed up 75.0 points, or 0.5%, at 14,539.6, but the
index, which includes all shares listed on the
Tokyo Stock Exchange
, fell 5.3, or 0.4%, to 1379.9, as demand for technology shares remained weak.
both fell. Sony lost 470 yen, or 5.1%, to 8,720 ($80.00) and NEC dropped 60 yen, or 2.8%, to 2,080.
bucked the downward trend and rose 22 yen, or 1.1%, to 1,944.
also helped offset the techs' weakness, rising 65 yen, or 9.5%, to 749.
ended down 120,000 yen, or 4.3%, at 2.69 million amid reports the mobile operator is considering taking a stake in
The dollar traded at 108.99 yen, up from 108.70 yen Monday.
Elsewhere, South Korea's
index climbed 9.8, or 1.9%, to 514.5 as
jumped 5.4% to 242,500 won ($212.72).
index rose 95.4, or 0.6%, to 14,895.3.
Going its own way, Taiwan's
index fell 114.9, or 2%, to 5544.2 as heavyweight chipmakers
fell 0.5% and