RTTNews - A mixed open is expected Friday for Tokyo stocks, following Wall Street's modest gains overnight. U.S. stocks moved higher on rising energy costs and better-than-expected employment data.

Japan's market moved lower on Thursday, with the Nikkei average posting a loss after six straight gains.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 Average declined 72.71 points or 0.75 percent to 9,668.96. Among the Nikkei component stocks, there were 68 closing higher, 149 were lower and 8 finished unchanged.

Among the sectors of interest, the electronics makers that rely heavily on exports to the U.S. were weaker, with Panasonic down 20 yen or 1.45 percent, Sharp was down 21 yen or 1.90 percent, Pioneer Corp was down 3 yen or 1.10 percent, Canon declined 40 yen or 1.27 percent and Sony shed 15 yen or 0.56 percent.

In the auto sector, Honda Motors was down 35 yen or 1.22 percent, Fuji Heavy was up 4 yen or 1.07 percent, Mazda dropped 6 yen or 2.33 percent, Mitsubishi Motors jumped 23 yen or 15.03 percent on published reports the company would begin to market electric cars, and Toyota was down 90 yen or 2.31 percent.

For the shippers, Nippon Yusen was down 21 yen or 4.52 percent, Mitsui OSK Lines dropped 24 yen or 3.41 percent and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha was down 16 yen or 3.51 percent.

The broader Topix index was down 3.51 points or 0.4 percent at 910.99.

In overseas trading, U.S. stocks traded in a narrow range for much of Thursday's session, but turned modestly higher late in the day. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 74.96 points or 0.86 percent at 8,750.24, the Nasdaq Composite index advanced 24.10 points or 1.32 percent at 1,850.02 and the Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 10.70 points or 1.15 percent at 942.46.

Most major markets in the Asia/Pacific region closed lower on Thursday.

The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong was down 73.70 points or 0.40 percent at 18,502.77.

China's Shanghai Composite index was down 11.35 points or 0.41 percent at 2,767.24.

In India, the BSE 30 index advanced 137.78 points or 0.93 percent to 15,008.68.

Indonesia's Jakarta Composite index was up 21.80 points or 1.08 percent at 2,032.72.

The KOSPI/Seoul Composite index in South Korea declined 36.75 points or 2.60 percent to 1,378.14.

The Taiwan Weighted Index was down 107.08 points or 1.55 percent to 6,786.06.

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