Japanese Shares End Higher on BargainHunting


TOKYO, April 7 Reuters Japanese shares closed higher on Wednesday after posting their biggest drop in nearly two weeks in the previous session, while stocks of electronics makers gained after Toshiba Corp received a proposal to go private in a 20 billion deal.

The benchmark Nikkei share average ended up 0.12 at 29,730.79, while the broader Topix climbed 0.67 to 1,967.43. On Tuesday, the Nikkei and Topix had closed 1.3 and 1.5 lower, respectively.

Investors are buying stocks after yesterdays Tuesday sharp decline. This is a natural move, said Hideyuki Suzuki, general manager at investment research for SBI Securities.

The news on Toshiba has sent electronics makers higher. Investors could be thinking that if the Toshiba gets delisted, they would have to shift the money to its peers.

Toshiba is considering a 20 billion offer from private equity firm CVC Capital Partners to take it private, a person familiar with the matter said, as the Japanese industrial conglomerate faces pressure from activist shareholders to improve governance.

Toshiba shares surged 18.28 to their daily limit after being untraded on a glut of buy orders.

Fujitsu advanced 2.03, Hitachi gained 2.17 and Sharp rose 1.65.

Shipping firm Nippon Yusen jumped 3.26 after raising its profit forecast for the year ended March to 200 billion yen 1.82 billion from 160 billion yen.

Its peers Kawasaki Kisen advanced 4.04 and Mitsui OSK Lines climbed 2.62.

Other cyclical shares also gained after the…


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