04:55 AM EST, 02/01/2022 (MT Newswires) -- The Nikkei 225 opened higher Tuesday on overnight Wall Street cues, wobbled, but still finished up 0.3% as a generally good earnings season boosted investor sentiments. The upside was capped by the COVID-19 outbreak in Japan, and a stronger yen, the latter regarded as a negative in export-oriented Japan.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 76.50 to 27,078.48, although losing issues outnumbered gainers 131 to 91.
Leading the upside were Pacific Metals (5541:Tokyo), up 11.3%, followed by electronic-components maker TDK (TTDKY, 6762:Tokyo), up 11.2% on a profit outlook, and then IT giant NEC (NIPNF, 6701:Tokyo), up 11%
On the downside were ball-bearing maker NSK (NPSKY, 6471:Tokyo) off 10.7%, and then chemical concern Toray Industries (TRYIY, 3402:Tokyo), off 10.1%.
In economic news, there were 118 job openings for regular, or full-time, workers for every applicant in December in Japan, compared with 104 openings a year earlier, reported the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.