* Nikkei off 1.82 pct, Topix -1.99 pct to lowest since May 2017
* Cyclical shares hit by global growth worries
By Ayai Tomisawa
TOKYO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks tracked global peers and tumbled on Tuesday, with the Topix closing at 19-month low, as worries about cooling global growth took a toll on cyclical stocks.
The Nikkei share average .N225 ended the day down 1.82 percent at 21,115.45 after touching 21,107.13, its lowest level since Dec. 11.
The index edged towards a trough of 20,971.93 reached in late October, and a drop below that level would take it to a nine-month low.
The broader Topix .TOPX closed 1.99 percent lower at 1,562.51, its weakest point since May 2017.
Cyclicals such as electronics products makers and technology stocks - sectors generally seen benefiting when the economy is expected to perform well - bore the brunt of selling.
"Mid-to-long investors are changing their global asset allocations to reflect their risk-averse stance," said Shogo Maekawa, global market strategist at JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM ) Asset Management.
"They are reducing risky assets like stocks and adding more fixed income products such as short-term U.S. bonds."
On Monday, Wall Street's major indexes all slid more than 2 percent on concerns about slowing economic growth ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting this week that will be closely watched for clues on the U.S. monetary policy outlook in 2019. .N
Exporters sagged with the yen JPY= reaching its strongest level in a week against the dollar. Toyota Motor Corp 7267.T fell 0.9 percent, Bridgestone Corp 5108.T lost 1.5 percent and Nikon Corp 7731.T shed 1.1 percent.
Tuesday's losers included Takeda Pharmaceutical 4502.T , which tumbled 8.9 percent after Moody's cut its rating to Baa2 from A2 on its decision to purchase Shire Plc SHP.L . 4666.T slumped 12.5 percent after the parking lot operator forecast a 7.6 percent drop in its current fiscal year net profit.
Daito Trust Construction Co 1878.T bucked the trend and rose 1.3 percent after saying it will buy back 86.8 billion yen ($771 million) of its own shares, equivalent to 9.4 percent of outstanding stock. ($1 = 112.5700 yen)
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