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Market Scramble: Smaller stocks in demand ahead of Trump era

Investors of all stripes focus on ROEs of small-to-midcap equities

TOKYO -- Individual investors are taking refuge in small-to-midcap Japanese stocks ahead of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, with long-term investments increasingly pouring into components with healthy return on equities.

Roughly 90% of the Tokyo Stock Exchange's first section closed lower Tuesday, pulling the Nikkei Stock Average to 18,813 and below the 19,000-point threshold for the first time in one-and-a-half months. Bucking the trend set by the blue chips are companies with small to midsize market capitalizations that specialize in specific areas. Evolable Asia, which runs an airline ticket booking website, and plant dismantling services provider Besterra both posted all-time highs.

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