Nikkei falls at start of fiscal year after 2-wk high

 TOKYO, April 1 (Reuters) - Tokyo stocks began the new
financial year with a loss on Friday, running out of steam after
bumping into key technical resistance and more losses are
expected in the near term with companies set to lower their
profit outlooks after last month's earthquake.	
 The benchmark Nikkei average closed down 0.5 percent
or 46.71 points at 9,708.39 on Friday, while the broader Topix
 shed 0.8 percent to 862.62.	
	
 (Reporting by Antoni Slodkowsk; Editing by Edmund Klamann)	
 	
 

Nikkei falls at start of fiscal year after 2-wk high