Nikkei slips ahead of U.S. payrolls, Sony hit by earnings cut

Fri May 2, 2014 2:10am EDT

TOKYO, May 2 (Reuters) - Japanese shares stepped back on
Friday, with Sony Corp. falling after a profit warning
and as investors took a wait-and-see stance ahead of a
closely-watched U.S. employment report later in the day.
    The Nikkei share average ticked down 0.2 percent to
14,457.51, halting a recovery from Monday's low of 14,224.47,
hampered by resistance around 14,500 - 14,600.
    The broader Topix was flat at 1,182.48 while the new
JPX-Nikkei Index 400 was also unchanged at
10,747.69.

 (Reporting by Hideyuki Sano; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
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