Japanese shares bounces as chip sector tracks US gains

Published: October 31, 2018 11:46:27 | Updated: November 02, 2018 12:15:50

Japan’s Nikkei bounced to a one-week high on Thursday as chip-related stocks surged in line with their US counterparts, while attention remained on first-half earnings results from the likes of Sony and Nintendo.

The Nikkei share average gained 1.6 per cent to 21,810.47 in midmorning trade, the highest level since Oct. 24, reports Reuters.

Chip equipment makers jumped, after the Philadelphia SE Semiconductor index surged 4.2 per cent overnight and helped U.S. chip shares outperform.

Tokyo Electron rallied 2.7 per cent and Advantest Corp, which raised its full-year operating profit forecast by 45 per cent to 53 billion yen, jumped 20 per cent.

Sony Corp surged 7.0 per cent after the company boosted its annual profit outlook by 30 per cent to a record level after a strong second-quarter.

Wednesday’s gainers included Honda Motor Co, which jumped 5 per cent after it raised its annual operating profit forecast by 11.3 per cent to 790 billion yen ($7.0 billion) for the year ending in March 2019 thanks to a weak yen and strong sales of its motorcycles.

Meanwhile, Nintendo Co defied the broader rally, dropping more than 3 per cent after it disappointed the market with a profit that undershot market expectations.

Nintendo’s operating profit for the July-Sept period jumped 30 per cent to 30.9 billion yen thanks to strong Switch hardware and games sales, posting the highest quarterly profit since the second quarter of the year ending March 2011. But it fell shy of the 36.6 billion yen average of estimates of seven analysts, according to Refinitiv data.

The broader Topix rose 1.4 per cent to 1,633.88.

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