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Tokyo shares open 0.24% lower

Published on May 2, 2014 9:28 AM

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.

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