The Nikkei opens with losses, but cushioned compared to the fall on Tuesday



The Nikkei index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange opened today with a 1.23% decline half an hour after the start of operations, a decline much lower than the sharp decline it noted at the close of its session on Tuesday.

The Nikkei, which brings together the 225 most representative titles in the market, lost 278.04 points at that time, up to 22,327.37 integers.

For its part, Topix, which includes the firms with the highest market capitalization, retreated half an hour after opening 1.16% or 18.85 points, to 1,599.41 units.

The Nikkei closed on Tuesday with a 3.34% drop and Topìx lost 3.33%, as a reaction to Monday's sharp decline on Wall Street due to global fears about COVID-19's expansion.

In Japan, 164 infected people have been detected to date, closer to 700 passengers or crew members who arrived aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, moored in the city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo. Five people infected or suspected of contagion have died.

At the opening of this Wednesday, the Softbank technology group fell 1.46%, Sony fell 1.48% and Toyota yielded 0.63%.

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