Nikkei ticks up to 1-year high as global cyclicals find favour

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Nikkei ticks up to 1-year high as global cyclicals find favour
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* Nikkei hits 1-year high on China-U.S. trade hopes

* Chip-related shares, other global cyclicals lead gains

* Domestic-demand oriented shares listless

By Hideyuki Sano

TOKYO, Oct 28 (Reuters) - The Nikkei share average ticked up on Monday to a one-year high, with investors shifting funds to global cyclicals from domestic demand-oriented shares on hopes of a U.S.-China trade deal.

The Nikkei share average .N225 rose 0.30% to 22,867.27, hitting its highest levels in a year. The broader Topix .TOPX gained 0.09% to 1,648.43.

Advancers outnumbered decliners by a ratio of 54 to 46.

Sentiment was boosted by comments from U.S. and Chinese officials that they are "close to finalizing" some parts of a trade agreement after high-level telephone discussions on Friday. reacted quickly by buying shares perceived to be sensitive to global economic cycles, including semi-conductor chip-related shares and shipping firms.

Electronic parts makers topped the list of biggest gainers in the Nikkei in morning trade.

Sumco 3436.T rose 5.3%, Minebea Mitsumi 6479.T 4.5% and Advantest 6857.T 3.8%.

Industrial robot manufacturer Fanuc 6954.T gained 2.1% while Honda Motor 7267.T edged up 0.8%.

Shippers also advanced with Mitsui OSK Lines 9104.T gaining 1.5% and Nippon Yusen 9101.T up 1.3%.

"U.S. President Donald Trump will want to have a deal as he wants to avoid an economic slowdown ahead of the election. China's leadership would not want a (economic) slowdown either," said Tatsushi Maeno, senior strategist at Okasan Asset Management.

Investors pulled some funds out of domestic demand oriented shares, which they had bought to reduce exposure to trade war risks.

The Tokyo Stock Exchange's foods company subindex .IFOOD.T shed 1.0% while its construction industry subindex .ICONS.T lost 0.7%.

Defensive shares were also out of favour, with land transport shares .IRAIL.T , such as railway operators, and drugmakers .IPHAM.T both losing ground.

East Japan Railway 9020.T , which has been also hit in recent weeks by damage to lines caused by torrential rain, fell 1.7% while constructor Taisei Corp 1801.T lost 3.2%.

Elsewhere, Suruga Bank 8358.T rose 8.5% after Nojima Corp 7418.T said on Friday it will buy all the remaining stake of the troubled bank held by its founder family.

Nojima, operator of electronic goods chain, gained 1.7%.

The index .NOTC of Jasdaq market of start-up and small shares rose 0.68% to hit its highest level since mid-December. (Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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