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Nikkei Rebounds 2.9% on China Trade Data

Author: Hiruki Nakamura
Last Update: 1:24 PM ET January 13 2016

4:30 PM Tokyo – Nikkei average in Tokyo soared 2.9% after China reported smaller-than-expected decline in exports in December. The Bank of Japan said M2 and M3 money stock increased in December.

Stocks in Tokyo rebounded after the Nikkei plunged to a 3-month low in the previous session.

Market sentiment in Tokyo improved after China reported better-than-expected international trade data.

Shanghai Composite Index declined 2.4% after the index opened higher after the release of international trade data.

International trade surplus in 2015 soared 56.7% from a year ago to 3.69 trillion yuan or $562 billion, according to the customs agency.

Exports in December increased 2.3% from a year ago 1.43 trillion yuan but declined 1.4% in the U.S. dollar terms but improved from the 3.7% decline in November.

The total M2 money stock in December jumped 3% to 921.1 trillion yen from November, the Bank of Japan reported.

The M3 money stock in December increased 0.6% to 1,239.3 trillion yen compared to 1,232.2 trillion yen in the previous month.

The Nikkei 225 Stock Average soared 496.67 or 2.9% to 17,715.63 and the broader Topix index jumped 40.14 or 2.9% to 1,442.09.

The yen decreased against the U.S. dollar to 118.14.

Stocks in Review

Bic Camera Inc jumped 4.1% to 1,015 yen after the electrical home appliances retailer said net sales in the first-quarter ending in November fell 1.7% from a year ago to 180.39 billion yen.

Net income in the period surged 48.4% to 2.07 billion yen compared to 1.39 billion yen and diluted earnings per share increased to 11.01 yen from 7.41 yen in the same period a year ago.

The home appliances retailer estimated net sales in the first-half to increase 3.4% to 407 billion yen and net income to jump 4.7% to 5.10 billion yen.

In the year, the company forecasted net sales to gain 3.1% to 820 billion yen and net income to soar to 73.4% to 11.80 billion yen.

Oriental Land Co., Ltd soared 4.9% to 7,485 yen after the Nikkei daily said the theme parks and hotels operator’s net sales in the third-quarter ending in December to increase about 352.1 billion yen and operating profit of about 90 billion yen.

The Tokyo Disney Resort operator maintain its estimate of 4% drop in operating profit in the year to 106 billion yen but forecasted net profit of about 72.2 billion yen.

Lawson Inc jumped 3.3% to 9,540 yen after the convenience stores operator reported net sales in the nine-month ending in November soared 20.2% from a year ago to 435.53 billion yen.

Net income in the period declined 4.5% to 31.47 billion yen compared to 32.95 billion yen and diluted earnings per share slumped to 314.48 yen from 329.27 yen in the same period a year ago.

The company forecasted net sales in the year to surge 16.3% to 579 billion yen and net income to jump to 7.7% to 35.20 billion yen.

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Sources: Data collected by 123jump.com and Ticker.com from company press releases, filings and corporate websites. Market data: BATS Exchange. Inc