Nikkei Slips on Global Virus Woes

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TOKYO, Oct 28 Reuters Japanese shares fell on Wednesday for the third consecutive session, pulled down by worries that surging coronavirus cases in Europe and the United States could further damage an alreadybattered global economy.

Also, trading was subdued as the upcoming U.S. presidential elections kept many investors on the sidelines, analysts said.

The benchmark Nikkei share average fell 0.29 to close at 23,418.51, while the broader Topix lost 0.31 to 1,612.55.

All but six of the 33 sector subindexes on the Tokyo exchange traded lower, with miners, iron and steel and insurers leading declines.

The local market tracked the overnight weakness in U.S. stocks on rising coronavirus infections and as U.S. lawmakers struggle to reach an agreement on a stimulus package, said Masahiro Ichikawa, senior strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui DS Asset Management in Tokyo.

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Tuesday a coronavirus economic relief deal would likely come after the Nov. 3 election.

A near 0.4 decline in U.S. stock futures also weighed on Japanese stocks.

However, the market got some support from upbeat earnings reports, with Shimano Inc soaring 17 after the bicycle parts maker upgraded its forecast for annual operating profit.

Japans index of insurers, who rely on foreign bonds for income, dipped more than 2.8 after U.S. Treasury yields declined overnight on dwindling hopes for a U.S. stimulus deal.

Daiichi Life Holdings fell 2.7 and TD Holdings dropped 2.8,…

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