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Tokyo shares slide as coronavirus outbreak takes toll

Coronavirus Mar 30, 2020 05:36
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SYDNEY, March 30 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell on Monday
as the coronavirus outbreak worsened over the weekend and more
countries imposed lockdown measures, raising fears that Tokyo
could also go into lockdown.
The benchmark Nikkei average .N225 dropped 3.2% to
18,762.70 by the midday break after Friday's 3.9% gain.
The Nikkei's volatility index .JNIV , a measure of
investors' volatility expectations based on option pricing and
considered to be a fear gauge, rose 4.7% to 55.27, still off a
nine-year peak of 60.86 hit on March 16.
More than 662,700 people have been infected by the novel
coronavirus across the world and 30,751 have died, according to
a Reuters tally. U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday extended his
stay-at-home guidelines until the end of April, dropping his
earlier plan to get the economy up and running by mid-April
after a top medical adviser said more than 100,000 Americans
could die. British authorities warned that lockdown measures could last
months, while Japan reportedly set to expand its entry ban to
include citizens travelling from the United States, China, South
Korea and most of Europe. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday promised an
unprecedented package of steps, saying the country was close to
a national emergency as infections surged. The broader Topix .TOPX shed 3.5% to 1,409.17 by the
midday recess.
All the 33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo Stock Exchange
were in negative territory, with air transport .IAIRL.T ,
banking .IBNKS.T and warehouse and wharf .IWHSE.T being the
worst three performing sectors.
Major oil refiners JXTG Holdings Inc 5020.T and Idemitsu
Kosan Co Ltd 5019.T sank 4.9% and 7.3%, respectively, after
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 fell
below $20 a barrel on early Monday. O/R
As Tokyo moves closer toward a potential citywide lockdown
over the pandemic, shares of food makers bucked the overall
weakness.
Nichirei Corp 2871.T climbed 4.8%, Ajinomoto Co Inc
2802.T rose 2.8%, and Yamazaki Baking Co Ltd 2212.T added
2.5%.
Elsewhere, Nikkei heavyweight SoftBank Group 9984.T
slumped 7.2% after OneWeb, a satellite operator that SBG backs,
filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to pursue a sale of its business
amid the virus outbreak.

Tokyo shares slide as coronavirus outbreak takes toll
 

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