July 12, 2018 / 7:56 AM / 5 months ago

Foreigners sell Japanese equities for third week on trade woes

FILE PHOTO: An employee of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) works at the bourse in Tokyo, Japan, February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo

(Reuters) - Foreign investors sold Japanese stocks for the third consecutive week as increasing trade friction between the United States and China hit risk sentiment.

In the week ended July 6, overseas investors sold a net 298.8 billion yen ($2.66 billion) of Japanese stocks, including cash equities and futures, data compiled from Japanese stock exchanges showed.

However, the outflows were the lowest in three weeks.

After imposing tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese exports to the United States last week, the Trump administration threatened 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods.

The Topix index .TOPX index hit a more than three-month low in the last week, however, it up more than 1 percent this week.

The Nikkei index .N225 also fell to 21,462.95 points on July 5, its lowest since early April.

For graphic on foreign flows into Japanese stocks & futures click reut.rs/2LbFVTT

($1 = 112.2400 yen)

Reporting by Gaurav Dogra and Patturaja Murugaboopathy; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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