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Roundup: Japan's Nikkei ends sharply decrease on U.S. financial fears

TOKYO, April 5 (Xinhua) — Japan’s benchmark Nikkei stock index ended sharply decrease Wednesday as issues over a U.S. financial slowdown coupled with a agency yen dented investor sentiment.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average dropped 474.16 factors, or 1.68 %, from Tuesday to finish the day at 27,813.26.

The broader Topix index, in the meantime, misplaced 38.92 factors, or 1.92 %, to complete at 1,983.84.

Job openings within the United States falling to their lowest degree in virtually two years in line with official information, elevating the prospect of the U.S. Federal Reserve pausing its rates of interest, noticed the dollar drop to the decrease 131 yen mark at one level on Wednesday, sellers right here stated.

Aside from the tight labor market within the United States, following the collapse of distinguished banks within the United States and Europe, continued fears over the soundness of the worldwide monetary community have led to the costs of gold in Japan hitting a brand new report on Wednesday.

Investors have been switching out of riskier property like shares and into perceived secure havens like gold amid issues over a U.S. financial slowdown.

On the Osaka Exchange late on Tuesday, benchmark gold futures quickly hit 8,554 yen (65.98 U.S. {dollars}) per gram, and on Wednesday, hit an all-time excessive of 9,443 yen (71.73 {dollars}) per gram in Tokyo, treasured steel agency Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo Ok.Ok stated.

Local brokers stated a variety of points got here beneath stress as issues proceed to rise that the U.S. financial system could also be tipped right into a recession, with fears punctuated by slowing demand.

“Investor sentiment was hurt by the disappointing job openings data, which followed weaker-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data earlier this week,” Masahiro Ichikawa, chief market strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui DS Asset Management Co., was quoted as saying.

“While fears of a U.S. recession existed, concerns grew further over prospects for the economy due to anxiety over the financial system following bank failures last month and recent economic data,” Ichikawa stated.

Along with the yen’s power weighing on exporters, analysts stated that falling U.S. shares and fears over its financial system had led to traders promoting economically-sensitive points akin to power and metal.

“Rising concern over the U.S. economy and the decline in U.S. stocks are having a big impact. Economically-sensitive sectors such as energy and steel were being particularly hard hit,” Maki Sawada, a strategist at Nomura Securities, was quoted as saying.

“Given the Nikkei’s rise in recent sessions, some profit-taking is natural,” Sawada stated.

Among exporters retreating on the yen’s advance, Nissan Motor reversed 1.8 %, whereas Toyota Motor skidded 2.4 %.

Steelmakers ending decrease included Kobe Steel dropping 3.5 %, JFE Holdings falling 3.6 %, whereas Nippon Steel misplaced 2.9 %.

Among Nikkei heavyweights, Uniqlo clothes chain retailer operator Fast Retailing dragged essentially the most, ending the day down 1.9 %.

By the shut of play, iron and metal, oil and coal product and equipment shares comprised those who misplaced essentially the most.

The turnover on the third buying and selling day of the week got here to 2,816.11 billion yen (21.38 billion {dollars}).