TOKYO, July 18 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei fell to three-week lows early on Thursday as the country's dismal exports and weak U.S. corporate earnings raised fresh worries about fallout from the Sino-U.S. trade war.
"The earnings of global manufacturers will be soft for now. Investors are on the sidelines and waiting to buy on dips only if the Nikkei falls below 21,000," said Takashi Hiroki, chief strategist at Monex Securities.
As the U.S. earnings season kicked off, weak results from railway transport company CSX Corp CSX.O stoked concerns that the protracted trade standoff between the United States and China could hurt the profits of U.S. companies
The outlook is seen even bleaker in Japan as companies struggle with the U.S.-China tariff war amid deteriorating global conditions that have dragged on its exports.
Japan's exports to China dropped more than 10% from a year earlier, its sixth fall in the past seven months, trade data showed on Thursday. 7751.T fell 2.8% after the Nikkei business daily reported its operating profit was on track to sink 40% this year. Corp 7240.T fell 6.6% after the manufacturer of seal products slashed its earnings outlook, cutting its annual operating profit estimates by 34% on weak sales of car-related products in North America and China.
Elsewhere, Akebono Brake Industry Co Ltd 7238.T hit limit-high, rising 43% after the troubled car parts maker said it expects to receive investment from a corporate turnaround fund to help restructure its money-losing business.
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