JFE Holdings Inc., Japan’s second- biggest steelmaker, will push back a decision on whether to build a $3.6 billion integrated steel mill in Vietnam, its first outside Japan, as it assesses competitive risks.
Nippon Steel Corp., Japan’s biggest steelmaker, expects prices to stay low this year as global producers of the metal used in cars, ships and construction continue to compete for orders amid slowing demand.
Japanese rare-earth buyers are switching to quarterly sales contracts and looking for alternative sources after China curbed shipments, increasing prices for the materials used in hybrid cars and missiles.
As Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. keep trying to prove who violated each other’s patents, the companies may be motivated to prevent a possible ban on imports of Xboxes and iPhones.
Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd . and Nippon Steel Corp ., in talks to create the world’s No. 2 steelmaker, may invite partner Kobe Steel Ltd . to join should it spin off its steel operations, Sumitomo Metal’s chairman said.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 98.81, or 1 percent, to 9,439.13 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.