05:59 AM EDT, 10/01/2021 (MT Newswires) -- The Nikkei 225 opened lower on Friday and slumped in trading, finishing off 2.3% as investors eyed soft signals from Wall Street and supply-chain disruptions undercutting manufacturing output. Wall Street futures continued to flash red through the trading day in Tokyo.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 681.59 to 28,771.07, as losing issues outnumbered gainers 212 to 12. The Nikkei 225 is up 4.8% year-to-date.
Leading the scant upside on a down day was online retailer Rakuten (RKUNY, 4755:Tokyo), up 3.2%, followed by Nippon Electric Glass (NPEGF, 5214:Tokyo), up 1.6%, and then oil-driller Inpex (IPEXY, 1605:Tokyo), up 0.8%.
On the downside were gamemakers Nintendo (NTDOY, 7974:Tokyo), off 8.7% and Konami (KNAMF, 9766:Tokyo), off 8.4%.
In economic news, business sentiment among Japan's large manufacturers rose to the highest level since 2018, according to the latest quarterly Tankan survey released by the Bank of Japan on Friday. The business sentiment index among large manufacturers logged at a positive 18 in September, compared with a positive 14 in June.