TOKYO, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Japanese shares rose on Thursday, with the Tokyo Stock Exchange's Topix index hitting a four-month high, as signs of a thaw in U.S.-China trade frictions lift cyclical stocks such as machine makers.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Washington has agreed to delay increasing tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports by two weeks after Beijing said it would exempt 16 types of U.S. products from import tariffs.
Shares of cyclical companies such as manufactures of semiconductor and robotics, which are seen as closely dependent on demand in China, rose sharply.
The reversal of value-oriented stocks, such as banks and automakers, that had dominated the market until Wednesday ran out of steam. Growth stocks .TOPXG led gains with a rise of 0.8%, versus a 0.5% increase in value stocks .TOPXV .
Banking shares .IBNKS.T fell 0.3% after having risen more than 10% in the previous five sessions. Transport equipment shares .ITEQP.T , which had risen more than 8% in the last five sessions, were up 0.3%.
Online fashion retailer Zozo Inc 3092.T rose 15.1%, having gained as much as 18.9% at one point, after Yahoo Japan Corp 4689.T said it aimed to buy 50.1% of its stake. Yahoo Japan Corp 4689.T rose 2.4%. Dai Nippon Printing Co Ltd 7912.T advanced 8% after the company announced share buyback of up to 60 billion yen, or 9.94% of its outstanding shares. (Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)
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