TOKYO -- Asian equity markets closed mixed Wednesday, as most Japanese investors remained on the sidelines ahead of earnings reports from some of the country's big technology companies.
In Tokyo, the
closed down 307.7, or 2%, at 14,840.5 and the
index, which includes all shares listed on the
Tokyo Stock Exchange
, fell 11.2, or 0.8% to close at 1407.2.
will post results later this week, but the tech giants took separate paths Wednesday. NEC lost 25 yen, or 1.1%, to 2,235 ($20.71) and Sony closed up 30 yen, or 0.3%, at 10,410.
tanked 100 yen, or 10.1%, to 891, after the firm's president resigned during a scandal over defective solar panels.
Telecom shares had a better session, as
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone
rose 30,000 yen, or 3.1%, to 1 million and wireless operator
closed up 40,000 yen, or 1.4%, at 2.97 million.
The dollar traded at 107.91 yen, down from 108.33 yen Tuesday.
index also moved lower Wednesday, falling 2.7, or 0.5%, to 542.3, as technology shares weakened, but other major stock markets in the region ended the day in the plus column.
index jumped 105.2, or 1.8%, to close at 6023.8, as chipmakers
built on Tuesday's 6% gains.
index rose 135.2, or 0.9%, to 15,061.2, as heavyweight
rose HK$1.25, or 2.5%, to 52.00 ($6.67).