The Japan share market finished session lower on Monday, 15 May 2017, on tracking weak lead from Wall Street on Friday and as comparatively firm yen against the U.S. dollar. However, gains in realtors and other domestic demand-oriented names as well as in issues with brisk corporate earnings helped limit the market's downside. In addition, the market was supported by hopes for exchange-traded fund purchases by the Bank of Japan. The 225-issue Nikkei average fell 14.05 points, or 0.07%, to end at 19,869.85. The Topix index of all first-section issues finished down 0.71 point, or 0.04%, at 1,580. Falling issues outnumbered rising ones 1,057 to 854 in the TSE's first section, while 104 issues were unchanged. Volume decreased to 2.155 billion shares from Friday's 2.248 billion shares.
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