July 12, 2018 / 7:58 AM / 4 days ago

Foreigners sell Japanese equities for third week on trade woes

(Reuters) - Foreign investors sold Japanese stocks for the third consecutive week as increasing trade friction between the United States and China hit risk sentiment.

People walk past an electronic board showing Japan's Nikkei average outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

In the week ended July 6, overseas investors sold a net 298.8 billion yen ($2.66 billion) of Japanese stocks, including cash equities and futures, data compiled from Japanese stock exchanges showed.

However, the outflows were the lowest in three weeks.

After imposing tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese exports to the United States last week, the Trump administration threatened 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods.

The Topix index .TOPX index hit a more than three-month low in the last week, however, it up more than 1 percent this week.

The Nikkei index .N225 also fell to 21,462.95 points on July 5, its lowest since early April.

Foreign flows into Japanese stocks & futures: reut.rs/2LbFVTT

($1 = 112.2400 yen)

Reporting by Gaurav Dogra and Patturaja Murugaboopathy; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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