Stocks turned lower on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday, pressured by selling against the backdrop of the yen’s appreciation against the dollar.
The 225-issue Nikkei average ended down 74.96 points, or 0.48 percent, at 15,459.86. On Wednesday, the key market gauge climbed 13.60 points.
The TOPIX index of all First Section issues lost 5.18 points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 1,280.74, after rising 0.91 point the previous day.
Despite the Dow Jones industrial average’s rise overnight, the Tokyo market came under selling pressure from the outset of Thursday’s trading as the yen firmed moderately against the dollar, brokers said.
The Nikkei average extended losses somewhat in early trading but moved in a confined range for the rest of the morning session amid a dearth of fresh incentives.
In the afternoon, stock prices continued fluctuating narrowly on the minus side, hurt by selling of a wide range of issues following lackluster performances of other Asian equities, brokers said.
Investors retreated to the sidelines prior to the release of a number of Japanese economic indicators on Friday morning, brokers said. Such data include industrial production and the consumer price index, both for July.
via Japan News 
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