The Nikkei slid 0.2 percent to finish at 14,457.51, as market players remained cautious ahead of a four-day weekend. Monday and Tuesday are national holidays in
Share prices fell in Singapore and
Market moves were cautious in anticipation of the release of U.S. government nonfarm payrolls report for April, which could show signs of an economic recovery.
The figures, which often set the market tone for a week or two after their release, may have a big impact as they come in the wake of significantly lower than expected U.S. economic growth in the first quarter and the Fed's ongoing reduction in its monetary stimulus.
Thursday's manufacturing survey from the
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell less than 0.1 percent to 1,883.68. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 21.97 points to 16,558.87. The Dow had closed at an all-time high on Wednesday. The Nasdaq composite rose or 0.3 percent to 4,127.45.
The future for the Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.08 percent at 16,501.01 on the
Much of the world was on holiday for
The euro was trading at
"Investors treaded cautiously ahead of the jobs report later tonight" said
In the oil markets, a barrel of benchmark crude was up
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