The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average went down 9.04 points, or 0.06 percent, from Wednesday to 14,961.93. The broader
But selling subsided soon and the Nikkei recouped most of the early losses, briefly popping into the positive column, by the end of the morning session, as market players awaited a series of upcoming U.S. economic data, including a durable goods orders report for January, and U.S. Federal Reserve chief
"The yen's slight appreciation induced futures-led selling, but shares resisted falling on a late bout of buybacks," said
While concerns over instability in
On the First Section, declining issues outnumbered advancing ones 1,064 to 579, while 134 finished the morning unchanged.
The decline was led by real estate, insurance and mining shares while electric machinery, precision machinery and rubber issues gained ground.
Heavily-weighted Nikkei components skidded lower, with
Meanwhile, Panasonic attracted buying after saying it will pay an
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