TOKYO, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Japanese shares closed higher on Tuesday as investor sentiment improved after U.S. futures trimmed early losses, while Apple-related issues firmed ahead of an event of the iPhone maker later in the day.
Nearly two-thirds of the 33 sector sub-indexes on the Tokyo exchange settled higher, with airlines .IAIRL.T , insurance .IINSU.T and real estate .IRLTY.T being the three top performers on the main bourse.
Both indexes fell in morning trade on lower U.S. stock futures and a firmer yen as investors looked past Wall Street's overnight gains on the back of a renewed tech rally and expectations of a coronavirus relief package.
But the indexes bounced back as U.S. futures cut some of their losses, with e-mini futures for the S&P 500 EScvq last down 0.15%.
Also supporting the market was a surge in Apple-related stocks ahead of the iPhone maker's AAPL.O event where it is expected to launch its latest iPhone.
SoftBank Group Corp 9984.T fell 1.73% on profit-taking, erasing early gains on news that the conglomerate's Vision Fund was preparing to launch a blank-cheque acquisition company. machinery stocks were supported by data showing Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly rose in August.
The Mothers Index .MTHR of start-up firms fell 0.31%, snapping six consecutive sessions of gains.
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