Nikkei drops after all sectors weak; foreigners, retail investors lock in profits

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TOKYO, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a two-week low on Wednesday, with all sectors in negative territory as investors took profits following a two-month rally that pushed up the market by about 20 percent. The Nikkei .N225 ended 1.6 percent lower at 22,028.32, its lowest close since Oct. 31. Traders said foreign investors were taking profits from the two-month rally, in which they bought a total of 5.4 trillion yen ($47.7 billion) in Japanese cash stocks and futures. Retail investors have also been sellers. Japanese mutual funds posted record monthly net inflows in October as retail investors poured into money reserve funds after locking in profits from rising domestic stocks and equity funds, the Investment Trusts Association said. Overall mutual funds, or investment trust funds, posted a record net inflow of 13.17 trillion yen ($116.4 billion) in October. Declines were seen across the board on Wednesday, with the biggest losers including mining stocks, steelmakers and real estate firms, as well as automakers. Inpex Corp 1605.T stumbled 3.7 percent, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp 5401.T declined 3.3 percent, Mitsui Fudosan Co 8801.T dived 3.6 percent, while Toyota Motor Corp 7203.T and Honda Motor Co 7267.T both fell 2.4 percent. The broader Topix .TOPX dropped 2.0 percent to 1,744.01, with all of its 33 subsectors in negative territory. ($1 = 113.1700 yen) (Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Sam Holmes amd Richard Pullin) ((ayai.tomisawa@thomsonreuters.com; 81-3-6441-1875; Reuters Messaging: ayai.tomisawa.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net)) Keywords: JAPAN STOCKS/CLOSE TOKIO, 15 nov (Reuters) - El promedio de acciones japonés Nikkei cayó a un mínimo de dos semanas el miércoles, con todos los sectores en territorio negativo ante una toma de ganancias de los inversores tras una racha alcista de dos meses que apuntaló al mercado en cerca de un 20 por ciento. * El índice Nikkei .N225 cayó un 1,6 por ciento, a 22.028,32 puntos, su nivel de cierre más bajo desde el 31 de octubre. * Los operadores dijeron que los inversores extranjeros estaban tomando ganancias tras la racha alcista de dos meses, en que compraron un total de 5,4 billones de yenes (47.700 millones de dólares) en acciones y futuros de acciones japonesas. * Los declives del miércoles fueron generalizados y los sectores que registraron más pérdidas fueron los de minería, siderúrgicas e inmobiliarias, además de automotrices. * El índice más amplio Topix .TOPX perdió un 2,0 por ciento, a 1.744,01 puntos, con sus 33 subsectores a la baja. (1 dólar = 113,1700 yenes) (Reporte de Ayai Tomisawa. Editado en español por Patricio Abusleme) ((ayai.tomisawa@thomsonreuters.com; 81-3-6441-1875; Reuters Messaging: ayai.tomisawa.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net. Mesa de edición en español +56 2 2437 4400. Twitter: @ReutersLatam))

 
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