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Japan Hot Stocks-Nikon, Canon

TOKYO, Oct 4 (Reuters) - The benchmark Nikkei average

advanced 0.4 percent and the broader TOPIX gained 0.6 percent in early deals on Thursday. The following stocks were on the move.

**NIKON HITS 3-WEEK LOW ON REPORT OF WEAKER H1 EARNINGS**

Nikon Corp sagged 4.5 percent to a three-week low of 2,017 yen after the Nikkei business daily said the camera maker was likely to post an operating profit for the first half ended in September of around 35 billion yen ($446 million), below a market consensus estimate of 40 billion yen.

The newspaper said the 43 percent drop in first-half operating profit was due to weak sales of chipmaking devices and a strong yen.

Nikon is due to report its interim earnings later this month.

0023 GMT

**CANON FALLS AFTER HEWLETT-PACKARD WARNS ON 2013 EARNINGS**

Canon Inc shed 3 percent to 2,478 yen after its client Hewlett-Packard Co warned of an unexpectedly steep earnings slide in 2013, with revenue set to fall in every business division except software.

A trader said 20 percent of Canon's sales go to Hewlett-Packard.

Canon was the most traded stock by turnover on the main board, while rival firm Ricoh Co Ltd dropped 2.7 percent to 698 yen.

0010 GMT ($1 = 78.5300 Japanese yen)

(Reporting by Dominic Lau; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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