Japan’s Nikkei Pares Early Gains as Investors Lock in Profits

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TOKYO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average cut early sharp gains on Monday, as traders booked profits around the 33,000 level, while cosmetics maker Shiseido fell sharply after lowering its annual profit forecast.

The Nikkei index .N225 had risen 0.56% to 32,750.41 by the midday break. It gained as much as 1% earlier in the session, tracking Wall Street’s strong finish at the end of last week.

The broader Topix .TOPX was up 0.26% at 2,342.72.

“The Nikkei rose sharply earlier in the session, which gave us optimism that a momentum was back. But it pared gains as investors sold stocks to lock in profit as the index got closer to the 33,000 mark,” said Shuutarou Yasuda, a market analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Institute.

“This meant investors were not fully ready to take risks on buying stocks yet. There are some uncertainties about the macro economy.”

Wall Street’s main indexes ended with big gains on Friday, boosted by heavyweight tech and growth stocks as Treasury yields calmed, while investors looked ahead to next week’s reports on inflation and other economic data..N

In Japan, chip-related shares rose after the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite .IXIC posted its biggest one-day percentage rise since May 26 on Friday.

Chip-making equipment maker Tokyo Electron 8035.T jumped 2.59% and chip-testing making equipment maker Advantest 6857.T gained 2.9%.

Uniqlo-brand owner Fast Retailing 9983.T rose 0.98%.

Benesse Holdings 9783.T shares were untraded on a glut of buy orders after the education company said on Friday it would go private in a 208 billion yen ($1.37 billion) management buyout that will have Swedish investment fund EQT AB EQTAB.ST as a partner.

Shiseido 4911.T tanked 14.2% to become the biggest drag on the Nikkei after the cosmetics maker cut its annual profit forecast.