Nikkei edges down as market awaits earnings; Gaza concern curbs risk appetites

Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:19am EDT

TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average
edged down on Thursday in choppy trade as investors awaited
Japanese quarterly results, while geopolitical worries about
Gaza curbed risk appetites, offsetting a strong private survey
on Chinese manufacturing.
    The Nikkei ended 0.3 percent lower at 15,284.42
after trading in positive territory earlier.
    The broader Topix dropped 0.2 percent to 1,269.86,
and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 shed 0.2 percent to
11,563.00.

 (Reporting by Ayai Tomisawa; Editing by Kim Coghill)