Nikkei ends higher on upbeat machinery orders, U.S. tech rebound

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Nikkei ends higher on upbeat machinery orders, U.S. tech rebound
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TOKYO, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Japanese shares ended higher on Thursday as better-than-expected machinery orders data and Wall Street's rebound from a three-day losing streak bolstered investor sentiment.

The benchmark Nikkei share average .N225 closed 0.88% higher at 23,235.47, with 197 advancers on the index against 25 decliners. The broader Topix .TOPX gained 1.21% to 1,624.86, marking the highest close since Sept. 3.

Both the indexes clawed back from a 1-1/2-week low marked in the previous session.

Wall Street's main indexes closed higher overnight as investors jumped back in to take advantage of the pullback in tech-related stocks. .N

Also underpinning gains, Japan's core machinery orders, a leading gauge of capital spending, rebounded in July from a sharp fall in the previous month. The Cabinet Office's data showed July's core machinery orders grew 6.3%. sectors and shares, shippers .ISHIP.T , glass and ceramics .IGLSS.T and other financial .IFINS.T were among the top performing sectoral sub-indexes on the main bourse.

Japan's technology and semiconductor stocks took cues from U.S. peers and jumped, with SoftBank Group Corp 9984.T rising 2.17% to snap a five-session run of losses.

Internet services provider Rakuten 4755.T jumped more than 7.7%, while semiconductor manufacturer Screen Holdings 7735.T inched up 0.96%.

Investors also cheered the upbeat domestic data, with precision motors maker Nidec Corporation 6594.T rising 3.61%, electrical equipment manufacturer Yaskawa Electric Corporation 6506.T gaining 1.54% and factory automation machinery manufacturer Fanuc Corporation 6954.T climbing 2.59%.

Nintendo 7674.T added 1.99% after Bloomberg News reported that the company raised its production goal for gaming console Switch by another 20%. Mothers Index .MTHR of start-up firm shares bucked the overall firmness and lost 0.81% to post its second day of losses.

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