The following companies may have unusual price changes in Japanese trading today. Stock symbols are in parentheses, and share prices are from the previous close. The information in each item was released after markets shut, unless stated otherwise.
Konica Minolta Holdings Inc., a Japanese office equipment maker, hired Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Nomura Securities Co., Nikko Cordial Securities Inc. and Daiwa Securities Capital Markets Co. for sales of five-year and seven-year bonds, according to a faxed statement from Mitsubishi UFJ.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 158.04, or 1.5 percent, to 10,462.51 as of the close in Tokyo. The following were among the most active shares in the Japanese market today. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names.
Asian stocks headed for the biggest three-day gain since December, as financial firms advanced amid optimism European policy makers will support the monetary union and after companies including Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. reported earnings.
Japanese companies that export to Europe, such as Ricoh Co. and Konica Minolta Holdings Inc., are among the nation’s cheapest stocks relative to profit outlook, said Schroder Investment Management (Japan) Ltd.