LOS ANGELES – Japan's blue-chip exporters dragged on the market Friday after an overnight rise in the yen, with auto shares among the decliners but with gains for some tech names helping limit losses. The Nikkei Stock Average fell 0.1% to 14,567.76, though the broader Topix added 0.1%. Shares of Honda Motor Co. lost 0.4%, while currency-sensitive Mazda Motor Corp. dropped 0.9%. Among the industrials, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. lost 0.3%, and Kyocera Corp. fell 1.2%, while steel mill JFE Holdings Inc. retreated 1.9%. However, Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co. managed to post mild gains of 0.1% and 0.3%, respectively, after strong U.S. videogame sales data overnight, with Nintendo's September sales more than tripling, according to Dow Jones Newswires.
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