Tokyo shares open 0.24% lower

TOKYO (AFP) - Tokyo stocks fell 0.24 per cent at the opening Friday after US shares finished mixed ahead of a closely watched monthly jobs report.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 34.09 points to 14,451.04 in early trade.

Analysts are on the watch for Friday's US jobs data, amid tentative expectations that it will show the economy is rebounding after a near-stall in the first quarter.

Investors largely ignored Japan's economic indicators released shortly before the market opened.

Household spending jumped in March on high demand ahead of an April sales tax rise while the jobless rate stayed at its lowest level in more than six years, official data showed.

Sony lost 2.2 per cent to 1,770 yen in early trading following its warning of a bigger-than-expected annual loss after markets had closed on Thursday.

The company said it would book a 130 billion yen net loss (S$1.59 billion) in the latest fiscal year to March, while it slashed its operating earnings outlook.

The dollar eased to 102.26 yen from 102.30 yen in New York Thursday while the euro fetched US$1.3872 and 141.87 yen compared with US$1.3867 and 141.89 yen.