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Most Japanese ADRs trading on the NYSE/NASDAQ traded to the downside last week, paced by declines in small-caps and financial stocks.

As Japanese earnings season kicks into full swing, it appears political uncertainty and concerns over the subprime mortgage situation in the U.S. will keep pressure on stocks.

Japanese stocks traded broadly lower [TOPX 1st Section advancers: 233 vs. decliners: 1,430] on Monday (7/23), following weakness in the U.S. Friday and ahead of parliamentary elections this weekend.

The five best performing ADRs last week:

    1. Makita (OTCPK:MKTAY) 1.3%
    2. NTT (NYSE:NTT) 1.1%
    3. FUJIFILM Hldgs (FUJI) 0.8%
    4. Kubota (KUB) 0.3%
    5. Matsushita (NYSE:MC) 0.2%

The five worst performing ADRs:

    1. NIS Grp. (NIS) -10.9%
    2. IIJ (NASDAQ:IIJI) -6.7%
    3. Mitsubishi UFJ (NYSE:MTU) -5.3%
    4. Nomura Hldgs (NYSE:NMR) -3.8%
    5. Advantest (NYSE:ATE) -3.3%%

See the chart below for weekly and year-to-date returns.

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Japan-ADRs-wkly-07-20-07

Disclosure: The author owns shares of NIS Group and IIJ and also owns IIJ call options.

Source: Japan: Best and Worst Performing ADRs Last Week and YTD