Nikkei falls on weak Wall Street, but firms in share buybacks shine

jueves 25 de agosto de 2016 22:56 GYT

* Nikkei has fallen 0.9 pct this week

* BOJ buys 70.7 bln yen in ETFs on Thursday

By Ayai Tomisawa

TOKYO, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell on Friday morning in line with a dip on Wall Street and as investors stayed cautious before a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, but companies announcing share buybacks attracted buying.

The Nikkei share average dropped 0.8 percent to 16,419.18 in midmorning trade. For the week, the benchmark index has fallen 0.9 percent.

Traders expect overall trading to be subdued on Friday amid caution before Yellen delivers the keynote speech at the annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

"Yellen's views on U.S. rate hike are expected to move markets in the short term, but in the longer term, the market is also focused on U.S. jobs data next week and other economic indicators," said Hikaru Sato, a senior technical analyst at Daiwa Securities.

Sato said that investors may not take large positions before the weekend.

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