Thursday, 7 December 2017 13:47 WIB | MARKET UPDATE |Nikkei 225Saham JepangIndeks acuan Nikkei 225Topix JepangJapan Topix
Japan's Nikkei share average ended higher on Thursday, taking back some ground lost in the previous session as investors snapped up bargains after the benchmark index skidded its most in 8-1/2 months.
The Nikkei finished up 1.45 percent, or 320.99 points, at 22,498.03, following its biggest fall since March the previous day, when it broke key technical support at its 25-day moving average.
Index heavyweight Fast Retailing added 2.37 percent.
Pharmaceutical shares added 1.04 percent, while securities shares were up 0.61 percent.
Oil shares added 1 percent after crude oil futures steadied following an overnight sell-off.
But mining shares slumped 0.9 percent, continuing their weakness as the price of copper wallowed at low levels after dropping more than 4 percent on Tuesday, its biggest daily fall in almost 2-1/2 years.
Shares of Advantest Corp rose 1.76 percent, after Nikkei reported that the chip company™s fiscal year operating profit is seen reaching 20 billion yen ($177.87 million).
The broader Topix rose 1.18 percent, or 20.83 points, to 1,786.25, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 rose 1.17 percent, or 183.51 points, to 15,825.72.