Toyota Shares Plunge in Final Minute of Tokyo Trading

(Bloomberg) — Toyota Motor Corp. tumbled in the final minute of trading amid a downturn in the broader Japanese stock market on Tuesday.

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The stock closed 4.8% lower, its biggest decline since March 2022, shaving about $11 billion from the carmaker’s market value. The benchmark Topix closed 0.7% lower, erasing a gain in afternoon trading as news about Japan’s restrictions on chip-technology exports spurred profit taking.

A block of 14.5 million Toyota shares crossed at 1,857 yen per share at the close, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Toyota wasn’t immediately able to comment.

The world’s No. 1 carmaker earlier this month released a conservative profit forecast for the current fiscal year that aligned with analyst projections, as new Chief Executive Officer Koji Sato seeks to deliver on his pledge to rapidly expand electric vehicle production.

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