TOKYO, June 24 (Reuters) - Japanese shares edged higher on Wednesday tracking gains on Wall Street overnight after upbeat economic data, although worries about a surge in coronavirus infections capped gains.
The benchmark Nikkei average .N225 rose 0.12% to 22,576.63 by the midday break, with 76 advancers against 142 decliners.
Wall Street's three main indexes closed higher on Tuesday as improving economic data and the prospect of more stimulus bolstered hopes of a swift recovery. .N
The pace of contraction in the U.S. manufacturing and services sectors eased in June with reopening of businesses. While new home sales jumped 16.6% in May, blowing past estimates of a 2.9% rise. weighing on sentiment was news that coronavirus cases in the United States surged 25% in the week ended June 21 compared to the week before and a Reuters tally showing the death toll in Latin America surpassed 100,000. equipment makers were strong, with GS Yuasa Corporation 6674.T up 2.87%, the second biggest percentage gainer on the main index.
The broader Topix .TOPX fell 0.29% to 1,582.50 by the recess.
Start-up market Mothers Index .MTHR advanced 0.96%, as three new initial public offerings launched for the first time in two-and-a-half months.
Elsewhere, SoftBank Group Corp 9984.T dropped 1.51%. A source told Reuters that the IT conglomerate is set to sell its stake in T-Mobile US Inc TMUS.O at $103 per share to raise $13.76 billion. were waiting for the International Monetary Fund's updated report on World Economic Outlook, which is expected to be announced later in the day.
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