Nikkei inches down on trade worries; Murata shines

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Nikkei inches down on trade worries; Murata shines
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TOKYO, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average slipped in subdued trade on Monday, pressured by concerns that Sino-U.S. trade talks may make little headway this week, although moderate U.S. jobs growth in September offered some support.

The benchmark Nikkei .N225 ended down 0.2% at 21,375.25 points, while the broader Topix .TOPX ended flat at 1,572.75, with trading volume hitting the lowest in two months.

High-level U.S.-China trade talks are scheduled to resume Thursday and Friday, when Chinese Vice Premier Liu He meets U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Washington.

Hours before the Tokyo market open, Bloomberg reported that Chinese officials were signalling they were increasingly reluctant to agree to a broad trade deal pursued by U.S. President Donald Trump. investors have adopted a wait-and-see stance ahead of upcoming U.S.-China high-level trade talks," said Kyoko Amemiya, senior market advisor at SBI (NS: SBI ) Securities.

Yen-sensitive exporters led the market lower, with Bridgestone 5108.T , Denso 6902.T and Canon Inc 7751.T losing 1.8%, 1.7% and 1.4%, in that order.

Rubber products .IRUBR.T and mining .IMING.T were among the worst performers in the Tokyo bourse's 33 sector subindexes, down 1.6% and 0.8%, respectively.

Elsewhere, Apple-related Japanese electronic parts maker Murata Manufacturing 6981.T climbed 1.6% to become the third-most traded stock on the main board by turnover on expectations of strong demand for the iPhone.

The Nikkei business daily reported that Apple Inc AAPL.O had told suppliers to increase their production of its latest iPhone 11 range by up to 10%, citing sources. Street stocks surged on Friday after moderate U.S. jobs growth in September offered some relief from a spate of dismal economic data that week, with technology stocks led by Apple lifting the benchmark indexes. .N

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