Nikkei may see soft start, Apple-related shares set to outperform

Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:38pm EDT

TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average may
open lower on Wednesday after its two-day rally, but the market
could push higher later in the day from gains in Apple Inc
 related stocks after the iPhone-maker reported stellar
sales.
    Market players said the Nikkei was likely to trade between
14,650 to 14,850 on Wednesday after rising 0.8 percent to
14,778.51 on the previous day. The benchmark has risen 1.3
percent over the past two days.
    Nikkei futures in Chicago closed at 14,715, down
0.4 percent from the close in Osaka of 14,780.
    "The overall market may weaken partly because it is slightly
overbought and the yen is strong, but individual earnings news
is lifting interest in some stocks," said Kenichi Hirano, a
strategist at Tachibana Securities.         
    Apple's shares rose 5 percent in after-hours trade after the
iPhone marker reporting better-than-expected fiscal third
quarter revenue on solid sales of its flagship iPhone.
    Analysts said that iPhone carriers SoftBank Corp 
and KDDI Corp may outperform, while manufacturers which
provide parts to Apple including Daishinku Corp, Taiyo
Yuden and Rohm Co may also attract buyers.
    Market participants said that exporters in general may
weaken as the dollar trades below 100 yen, but with the
April-June earnings season starting this week, companies
reporting stellar results are expected to shine.
    Japan's export-reliant economy is expected to benefit from
the overall weakening of the yen against the dollar since late
last year.
    Nidec Corp will likely outperform after it hiked
its operating profit outlook for the year ending March 2014 by 5
billion yen to 75 billion yen on Tuesday, due to increasing
sales for industrial motors.
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    STOCKS TO WATCH
    
    --Toyota Motor Corp 
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develop hybrid pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles after
studying the feasibility of such a project for nearly two years,
Ford said on Tuesday. 

    --Nidec Corp 
    Nidec said Tuesday it hiked its operating profit outlook for
the year ending March 2014 by 5 billion yen to 75 billion yen
due to increasing sales for industrial motors.
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