The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 80.08 points, or 0.56 percent, from Friday at 14,393.11, for the first gain in three trading days. The broader
The market opened higher, tracking Friday's gains on
But the rise in
Sharp falls were, however, prevented as the yen's appreciation stalled both against the U.S. dollar and the euro. Investors sought bargains after heavy sell-offs late last week, eventually sending the Nikkei and the
"Although U.S. industrial output data turned out to be disappointing, consumer sentiment data was good and U.S. shares advanced Friday,"
"This is a tug of war between signs of U.S. economic improvement and soft Japanese data," Akutsu said, adding that
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones 1,350 to 362 on the First Section, while 69 closed unchanged.
By sector, brokerage, paper and pulp, and utility issues drew notable buying while mining, information and communication, and service shares lost ground.
On the other hand, online shopping mall operator
It was the third actively traded issue by turnover, after Softbank and
Social gaming firm Gree faced selling after reporting a 46 percent slump in its group net profit for the July-December period. The stock fell
Trading volume on the main section fell to 2,226.32 million shares from Friday's 2,897.26 million shares.
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