Japan Hot Stocks-Xebio, Softbank, KDDI, Shimamura, Nexon
TOKYO, Oct 2 (Reuters) - The Nikkei average and the broader Topix both gained 0.2 percent on Tuesday morning.
The following stocks were on the move:
**XEBIO SLIPS AFTER J.P. MORGAN CUTS PRICE TARGET**
Xebio Co Ltd fell 2.2 percent to 1,555 yen after J.P. Morgan cut its price target on the apparel retailing chain to 1,800 yen from 2,000, saying it expected the firm to post weaker earnings in the second quarter ended September.
"We maintain our neutral rating but lower our price target and earnings estimates mainly because of a lower gross margin assumption, owing to the likelihood that private label goods will account for a lower proportion of sales than planned," J.P. Morgan said in a note.
"We lower our operating profit estimates for FY2012 and FY2013 by 3 and 5 percent respectively."
**SOFTBANK UP ON EACCESS DEAL, KDDI FALLS**
Softbank Corp advanced 3.4 percent to 3,210 yen and was the most-traded stock on the main board by turnover after the mobile operator said it would buy smaller rival eAccess Ltd in a $1.84 billion deal.
Traders and analysts said the deal would allow Softbank to improve its high-speed data frequency spectrum and its competitiveness against KDDI Corp and other carriers.
"We maintain our buy rating and keep the shares on our conviction list. We see this acquisition strengthening Softbank's LTE frequencies," Goldman Sachs said in a note.
KDDI lost 2.7 percent to 5,830 yen and was the second-most traded stock.
Shares of eAccess were untraded with a glut of buy orders. The stock was notionally quoted at 23,000 yen, up 21 percent from Monday's close of 19,000 yen.
**SHIMAMURA FALLS AFTER DISAPPOINTING Q2 EARNINGS**
Shimamura Co Ltd dropped 2.4 percent to 8,590 yen after the clothing store chain reported a 3.9 percent drop in second-quarter earnings ended Aug. 20 compared with a year earlier due to higher costs.
The company posted a 4.1 percent rise in sales in the quarter versus the same period last year.
**NEXON HITS 4-WEEK HIGH AFTER ANNOUNCING ACQUISITION**
Nexon Co Ltd jumped 9.3 percent to 1,133 yen, hitting a four-week high after the online game provider said it would acquire gloops, a social applications company, for 36.5 billion yen, a move which traders said could help boost its mobile gaming business.
**ALPS ELECTRIC FALLS TO 3-YEAR LOW AFTER CUTTING GUIDANCE**
Alps Electric Co Ltd slumped 10.5 percent to 360 yen, hitting a three-year low after the electronic parts maker cut its operating profit forecast by 46 percent to 11.8 billion yen ($151 million) for the business year ending in March, citing higher material costs and a strong yen.
Alps Electric has fallen 31.6 percent this year, underperforming a 0.8 percent rise in the Topix.
0019 GMT ($1 = 78.0600 Japanese yen)
(Reporting by Dominic Lau; Editing by Chris Gallagher, Jijo Jacob and Prateek Chatterjee)
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