Nikkei loses grip on 20,000 as blue-chips slip
By Kiyoshi Takenaka
TOKYO, March 3 (Reuters) - Japan's key Nikkei average lost its grip on the key
20,000-point mark on Friday, as investors played safe and took profits in market
heavyweights such as Sony Corp .
``Investors are inclined to cash in on gains before the end of this business year (on March 31), and they have been waiting for
the best timing,'' said Masaru Yamano, an equities general manager at Taiheiyo Securities.
``The Nikkei's recent rise above 20,000 has given them their cue.''
The benchmark Nikkei average of 225 leading shares closed down 137.57 points or 0.69 percent at 19,927.54.
March Nikkei futures <0#JNI:> fell 120 points to 19,940.
The capital-weighted TOPIX index (^TOPX - news) of all shares listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
(TSE) lost 31.99 points or 1.86 percent to 1,686.49.
The percentage loss in the TOPIX was larger than the Nikkei's fall due to major declines in shares such as Internet investor
Softbank Corp and mobile phone giant NTT Docomo , neither of which are Nikkei components.
Sony fell 4.02 percent to 31,000, while Softbank tumbled 6.71 percent to 139,000 and NTT Docomo lost 5.44 percent to
4.17 million yen.
Sony shares had been climbing sharply over recent weeks ahead of the planned launch of the second generation of its
blockbuster PlayStation game console on Saturday.
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