Headline indices of the Japan share market edged higher on Friday, 25 October 2019, as a relatively cheap yen and positive earnings from overseas tech companies offset lingering concerns over developments in the U. S.-China trade war and in the U. K.'s planned departure from the European Union.
Around late afternoon, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average was up 3.66 points, or 0.02%, to 22,754.26, while the broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange added 0.72 point, or 0.04%, at 1,644.46.
Total 16 issues of the 33 industry category of Topix index inclined into positive territory, with Pharmaceutical, Precision Instruments, Fishery, Agriculture & Forestry, Metal Products, and Air Transportation issues being notable gainers, while Securities & Commodities Futures, Information & Communication, Pulp & Paper, Insurance, and Transportation Equipment issues were notable losers.
Semiconductor-related shares advanced on better than expected corporate earnings from overseas tech companies. Tokyo Electron and Screen Holdings climbed 2.3% and 2.1%, respectively. Disco also soared 9.6%
CURRENCY NEWS: The Japanese yen, often viewed as a safe-haven currency in times of economic uncertainty, was tad softer against greenback. The Japanese yen traded at 108.64, depreciating from 108.51 seen earlier.
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